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make (one's) mark

To do something that will be remembered or that makes one famous or successful; to do something that is very important or meaningful. The actress first made her mark with her incredible performance as Lady Macbeth on Broadway. I chose to pursue a career in medical research so that I might someday make my mark in the world with a groundbreaking discovery.
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make one's mark

to do something that allows one to receive appropriate recognition. Perry made his mark by inventing a special kind of holder for a cell phone.
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make your mark

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make a mark

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1. If you make your mark or make a mark, you do something which causes you to become noticed or famous. Today we look at the new generation of Japanese directors making their mark in world cinema. She's only been with the company for three months but she's certainly made her mark. He was new to politics and had not yet made a mark.
2. If something makes its mark or makes a mark, it starts to be noticed or to have an effect. The film has already made its mark in terms of awards. If cricket ever made a mark in the United States, it would be guys like Bevan who would sell it.
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make your mark

become famous and successful.
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ˌmake your ˈmark

become famous because you are very good at something: He’s an actor who has made his mark in comedy shows.
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After making Mark Mayerhofler's opening try and scoring the second, the Falcons' new Kiwi signing was given a rousing ovation by the Newcastle supporters when he was substituted in the 51st minute - but the disappointment came in losing 25-28 to Leeds Tykes.
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The heats of the 110 metres hurdles are run this morning, with the Tote making Mark Crear evens favourite ahead of two former champions - 1993 winner and world record-holder Colin Jackson and 1997 champion Allen Johnson.
Elsewhere, Linda is enjoying her life, getting all cosy with Mike, and delighting in making Mark jealous.