make one's mark
- (idiomatic) To make, or leave, a lasting impression, especially to achieve apparent success.
- 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal”, in BBC Sport:
- Terry, almost inevitably, made his mark on the game when he headed Chelsea back in front seconds before the interval, sending a scrambled finish past Szczesny from Lampard's corner.
- To sign (a document) by making a cross or other mark.