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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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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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Two drivers found themselves on the receiving end when they were involved in altercations after being accused of splashing.
Normally the maximum penalty would be to get somebody's clothes dry cleaned - it's not imprisonable - but splashing can be easily avoided.
Two motorists found themselves on the receiving end when they were involved in altercations after being accused of splashing.
A team of Brown University and Harvard University researchers has discovered that there is indeed more involved in splashing than previously believed, the Newswise reported.
In recent studies, it was highlighted that the surrounding air plays an important role in the splashing process.
To better understand droplet splashing, the researchers initially wanted to observe and measure this layer of trapped air.
They hypothesized that splashing takes place while the drop is still spreading on an air film.
Splashing occurs, for better or worse, in many industrial processes, such as fuel combustion, ink-jet printing, and the coating and washing of various products.
However, all of these efforts are of little value if splashing occurs.
Entrained air may be carried into the runner system or vesting cavity during filling, or when surface turbulence and splashing is generated into the mold cavity.
The effect of drawing air into the mold cavity and of splashing is often greatly underestimated by the industry.
They also can be used to model molten metal flow to predict the level of turbulence and splashing.
When this sort of splashing occurs in regular liners, it puts clinicians at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.