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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!
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.
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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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.
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.