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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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Maxine realizes that everything she does contributes to the office as a whole, gives the patients a better experience, quality care, and adds to the productivity of the practice.
Minnie is the one who leaves the empty paper towel holder, and the empty toilet tissue roll so that the next person does not have these much-needed items, but may not realize it until they reach out to where they should have been.
* Address a verbal mistake immediately by letting students realize you made the mistake.
At one point, he realizes that being interested in the Bible isn't necessarily a sign of naivete, but "a sign of health -- and maturity."
Mary Sue finally changes when she realizes she loves to read and learn.
As in the case of a section 332 liquidation, the domestic corporate recipient of stock in that domestic corporation must recognize the gain it realizes in the transaction unless it includes in gross income the specified portion of its all earnings and profits amount.
In the context of the former, the domestic distributing corporation must recognize the gain (but not the loss) it realizes on a distribution of stock in a foreign corporation that otherwise qualifies under section 355 only if the distributee shareholder is an individual.(52) Although this rule makes no distinction between foreign and domestic distributees, the regulations make clear that section 367(e)(1) and the regulations thereunder (relating to section 355 distributions by domestic corporations to foreign persons) constitute additional restrictions on tax-free treatment.(53) In addition, section 1248(f) provides additional rules on distributions of stock in foreign corporations by domestic corporations.
Through adoption of an acoustic look-ahead technique that can reduce word-search space, NEC's proprietary speech recognition method realizes acceleration of the entire interpretation process, dividing it into three steps comprised of recognition processing, reconstruction and maintenance of accuracy.
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Faith helps to save her mother and some others; but she realizes that this job is not something she could do alone, and reluctantly admits that she has learned some things from Nat.
Nevertheless, in situations in which the taxpayer realizes gain (either under a casualty or a condemnation circumstance), the taxpayer is subject to income taxation.
2*: Fast IP Handover Technology: This is a proprietary mobility support technology of NEC, which realizes fast handover of IP through the exchange of route registration between layered routers.
While fixed and determinable liabilities that a buyer assumes become part of the amount the seller realizes and the basis the buyer receives, the treatment of liabilities not fixed and determinable (i.e., contingent liabilities) differs between the buyer and the seller.
121 election can be revoked only if the time for claiming a refund has not expired,(14) even if the taxpayer later realizes that some or all of the excluded gain could have been deferred under Sec.
Because that interpretation attributes income only when assets are freed, however, an insolvent debtor realizes income just to the extent his assets exceed his liabilities after the cancellation....