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Of course, you realize this means war!

A declaration of all-out revenge made after being slighted or injured by another party. Usually used humorously. Popularized by the Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, likely in reference to The Marx Brothers. A: "Sarah told the Bobby that you were allergic to his cat so that she'd have a shot at dating him." B: "She did what?! Why, that no-good, rotten… Of course, you realize this means war!" So, they think they can push us around with their lawsuits, eh? That we'll just roll over and let them have our property? Well, of course, you realize this means war!
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realize (one's) potential

To perform to the utmost of one's abilities; to find as much success as is possible for one. "Potential" is often modified by "full" or "true." I wish you would realize your true potential instead of wasting your talents in this dead-end job. I've decided to start training with the Olympic team so I can realize my full potential.
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realize (something) from (something)

1. To come to some particular realization as a result of something else. I realized that she didn't love me from the look on her face. You should have realized from the way they were acting that they had no intention of honoring the agreement.
2. To achieve or obtain some profit or other gain as a result of some transaction or sale. We'll ensure you realize the largest possible return from your investment. The government realized a pretty sizable profit from the sale of its properties around the country.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

realize one's potential

to fulfill one's potential; to do as well as one possibly can. I hope I can get a good education so lean realize my potential.
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realize something from something

 
1. to perceive something from some kind of evidence. I just now realized something from what you've been saying. Tom realized how wrong he had been from what Mary told him.
2. to reap a profit by selling an asset that has increased in value. He realized a large profit from the sale of the house. We hoped to realize a lot of money from the sale of stock.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There are 3,909 companies with 28,235 employees in the construction sector and around 1 billion euro is realized annually in this business.
1.1001-1(e), where a property transfer is part sale and part gift, the transferor has a gain to the extent that the amount realized exceeds the property's adjusted basis.
Apart from the size of the very top companies in the net realized capital gain category, recognizing real estate value may account for the large gains achieved by some companies.
That drastically changed the way I raised my second child because I realized I don't own her, she doesn't belong to me.
121 and 1033: If a taxpayer's property is involuntarily converted at a gain, the proceeds generally may be reinvested in "similar" property within two years, to postpone all or part of the realized gain.
And it was then that I realized I am just such a Joffrey dancer.
Though she realized there was a large fan base for Rice's work, including a growing interest in movies based on her work, she did not think there would be any scholarly resources for her to consult.
I realized that I had to be selective with my coaching interventions.
Organizations must create the environment and manage the process for these attributes to be realized through a significant philanthropic act by the donor* These six key attributes are:
After the government issued decrees allowing modified soy planting through 2004, it realized its decision clashed with the court ruling.
Unnoh, an undocumented student who did not want to give her last name, reached senior year of high school before she realized her predicament.
"After we developed our first business plan, we realized this was not something we were going to be able to do.
Carriers have realized significant benefits in shifting to others the burden of such administering processes.