move the needle

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move the needle

To cause a noticeable change in something. The imagery refers to the pointer ("needle") on a measuring instrument, which moves to indicate the level that has been reached. It seems all my efforts to get in good with the CEO have done little to move the needle in my favor. Is any other department working as hard as we are to move the needle on environmental conservation?
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