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make one's mark

  1. (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[1]:
      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.
  2. To sign (a document) by making a cross or other mark.