Make a name for oneself

Achieve distinction, become prominent or well known, as in Martha is making a name for herself as an excellent chef . The earliest recorded use of this term was in John Wycliffe’s followers’ translation of the Bible (II Samuel 8:13): “Forsooth David made to him a name.” Also see make one’s mark


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    1. Assign someone to a particular office or position, as in When the head of White House security resigned, it was up to the President to make an appointment. [ Mid-1800s ] 2. Schedule a meeting with someone, as in Do I need to make another appointment with the doctor? [ Mid-1700s ]

  • Make an ass of

    see: make a fool of

  • Make-and-break

    [meyk-uh n-breyk] /ˈmeɪk ənˈbreɪk/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a device, operated by an electric current, for automatically opening or closing a circuit once it has been closed or opened by a mechanical springlike device, as in a doorbell.

  • Make an example of

    Punish someone so as to be a warning to others, as in The teacher made an example of the boy she caught cheating, or The judge imposed a tough sentence to make an example of the car thieves. This usage is first recorded in John Wycliffe’s followers’ translation of the Bible (c. 1382).

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