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make a splash

To be very successful and garner a lot of public attention. The low-budget indie movie is making a big splash with audiences worldwide. The video game franchise was canceled after its latest entry failed to make a splash.
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cause a splash

To be very successful and garner a lot of public attention. The low-budget indie movie is causing a big splash with audiences worldwide. The video game franchise was canceled after its latest entry failed to cause a splash.
See also: cause, splash

create a splash

To be very successful and garner a lot of public attention. The low-budget indie movie is creating a big splash with audiences worldwide. The video game franchise was canceled after its latest entry failed to create a splash.
See also: create, splash

splash down

To crash or land in a body of water. The actress's private seaplane splashed down on the lake outside of the film festival, and she exited the aircraft in a stunning sequin dress. Officials are scrambling to determine where the astronaut's capsule splashed down as they lost touch with it just before re-entry.
See also: down, splash

splash around

1. To move around in some amount or body of water in a playful, frenetic manner, causing lots of splashes in the process. Don't splash around too much in the bath, kids. I don't want the floor getting all wet. I used to love going to the pool as a kid and splashing around for the whole day.
2. To slosh around inside of something. The soup splashed around in the large serving bowl as the waiter wheeled it around the dining room. I drank too much water just before the run. Now I can feel it splashing around in my belly with every step I take!
3. To cause some liquid to slosh around in or out of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "splash" and "about." Be careful not to splash the wine around as you carry those glasses to the table. I poured some water into the urn and splashed it around to rinse dust out.
See also: around, splash

splash about

1. To move around in some amount or body of water in a playful, frenetic manner, causing lots of splashes in the process. Don't splash about too much in the bath, kids. I don't want the floor getting all wet. I used to love going to the pool as a kid and splashing about for the whole day.
2. To slosh around inside of something. The soup splashed about in the large serving bowl as the waiter wheeled it around the dining room. I drank too much water just before the run. Now I can feel it splashing about in my belly with every step I take!
3. To cause some liquid to slosh around in or out of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "splash" and "about." Be careful not to splash the wine about as you carry those glasses to the table. I poured some water into the urn and splashed it about to rinse dust out.
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splash on (someone or something)

1. To slosh or spatter onto someone or something. Water kept splashing on me during the boat ride. Someone bumped the table, and red wine splashed on the brand-new tablecloth.
2. To cause some liquid to slosh or spatter onto someone or something. Mom! Timmy's splashing water on me! Keep a lid on the pan while you're cooking the bacon so it doesn't splash grease on the stove.
See also: on, splash

splash onto (someone or something)

1. To slosh or spatter onto someone or something. Ice-cold water kept splashing onto me during the boat ride. Someone bumped the table, and red wine splashed onto the brand-new tablecloth.
2. To cause some liquid to slosh or spatter onto someone or something. The whale leapt into the air and splashed water onto the people in the audience. Keep a lid on the pan while you're cooking the bacon so it doesn't splash grease onto the stove.
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splash over

1. To slosh and flow over the edge (of something). Be careful that the soup doesn't splash over the side of the pot while you're stirring it. He jumped into the bath and a bunch of water splashed over.
2. To cause some liquid to slosh and flow over the edge (of something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "splash" and "over." The waves came crashing into the cliffs, splashing foamy water over the top. He jumped into the bath and splashed a bunch of water over the edge.
3. To slosh or spatter onto someone or something. Ice-cold water kept splashing over us as we navigated the treacherous rapids in our kayak. Make sure you put a lid on that pan while you're cooking bacon, or grease will end up splashing all over your brand-new shirt.
4. To cover or drench someone or something with some liquid after sloshing or spattering it onto them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "splash" and "over." I tripped as I was approaching the table and accidentally splashed wine all over the guests. The whale leaped up and came crashing back down into his pool, splashing water over the entire audience.
See also: over, splash

splash all over (someone or something)

1. To slosh or spatter onto someone or something. Ice-cold water kept splashing all over us as we navigated the treacherous rapids in our kayak. Make sure you put a lid on that pan while you're cooking bacon, or grease will end up splashing all over your brand-new shirt.
2. To completely cover or drench someone or something with some liquid after sloshing or spattering it onto them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "splash" and "all over." I tripped as I was approaching the table and accidentally splashed wine all over the guests. The whale leaped up and came crashing back down into his pool, splashing water over the entire audience.
See also: all, over, splash

splash up (something)

1. To slosh or spatter up the length of something. Mud splashed up my pantlegs during the hike. The storm kept getting worse, and huge roiling waves splashed up the sides of the cliffs.
2. To cause some liquid slosh or spatter up the length of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "splash" and "up." Be careful out there—you're splashing mud up the side of the house! The bacon splashed grease up the wall behind the stove as it cooked in the pan.
See also: splash, up

splash (someone, something, or oneself) with (something)

To slosh or spatter some liquid onto someone, something, or oneself. The frying pan keeps splashing me with hot grease. I don't know why everyone thinks this painting is so brilliant. It looks like the artist just randomly splashed a canvas with paint! He splashed himself with cold water to help wake up.
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splash about

 and splash around 
1. to move about in a volume of a liquid, splashing. The children splashed about in the pool. They splashed around for an hour.
2. [for a liquid] to move about, splashing. The water splashed about in the bucket. It splashed around as I carried the bucket.
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splash down

[for a space capsule] to land in the water. The capsule splashed down very close to the pickup ship.
See also: down, splash

splash on someone or something

to scatter [a liquid] on someone or something. Try to keep from splashing on anybody. Don't splash on the wall!
See also: on, splash

splash over

[for a volume of liquid] to overflow its container. A lot of the coffee splashed over before I got to the table with the cup. Don't fill it so full and it won't splash over.
See also: over, splash

splash someone or something up

to scatter a liquid onto someone or something. Don't get that stuff all over. Don't splash the place up! She splashed up the kitchen when she washed the dishes.
See also: splash, up

splash someone or something with something

to scatter or slosh someone or something with a liquid. The whales at Sea World splashed everyone in the audience with water. I splashed the side of the stove with pancake batter when I dropped the bowl.
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splash something about

to scatter or slosh a liquid about. Please don't splash that about. It will stain anything you spill it on. Don't splash that stuff about!
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splash something (all) over someone or something

to cause a liquid to overflow or engulf someone or something. Tony splashed water all over Nick. Who splashed milk all over the table?
See also: over, splash

splash something on(to) someone or something

to make a liquid scatter onto someone or something. Accidentally, the lab assistant splashed acid onto his arm. He splashed something on the counter.
See also: on, splash

splash down

Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
See also: down, splash

make a splash

COMMON If someone or something makes a splash, they attract a lot of attention, often by being very successful. Mrs Gorman has made quite a splash at Westminster with her outspoken views and colourful clothes. His debut single comes out in May — but has already made quite a splash in the States.
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make a splash

attract a great deal of attention.
1996 Amitav Ghosh The Calcutta Chromosome This was just about the time that new sciences like bacteriology and parasitology were beginning to make a splash in Europe.
See also: make, splash

make, cause, etc. a ˈsplash

(informal) attract a lot of attention, for example in the newspapers, because you are famous: Their wedding created quite a splash in the newspapers.
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splash down

v.
To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile: The spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
See also: down, splash
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