put someone/something on the map

put (someone, something, or some place) on the map

To make some place or thing very famous or renowned; to establish some place as being remarkable or noteworthy. It was my grandma's chili recipe that put this restaurant on the map years ago! They're hoping that this amusement park can put the small town on the map. Her first film put her on the map. Her next three movies made her a legend.
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put someone/something on the map

COMMON If someone or something puts a person, place, or thing on the map, they cause them to become well-known or important. The film which really put Ellen Barkin on the map was The Big Easy. In today's programme, we look at the career of the man who, in 13 years as Chancellor, put Austria back on the map.
See also: map, on, put, someone, something
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