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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.
splash aboutand 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.
[for a space capsule] to land in the water. The capsule splashed down very close to the pickup ship.
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!
[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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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]
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.
make a splashattract 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.
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.
To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile: The spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.