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Make an impression

Produce a strong effect on one. This phrase is often qualified with an adjective such as good, bad, strong, or the like. For example, He tried to make a good impression on his girlfriend’s parents, or Be careful or you’ll make a bad impression on the jury, or You made quite an impression with that speech. [ Mid-1600s ]


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    Bother or annoy others, as in That child is making a nuisance of himself.

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    1. Flirt or make advances to someone, especially of a sexual nature, as in “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses” (Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep As A Well, 1936). [ 1920s ] 2. Also, take a pass at. Make an attempt, as in I’ve made a pass at opening it but had […]

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