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make history

Do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history, as in That first space flight made history. [ Mid-1800s ]
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  • That has been the trouble ever since men began to make history.

  • In religious affairs we find that she early begins to make history.

    In Ancient Albemarle Catherine Albertson
  • Why did the men of the past choose this precise spot to make history?

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • At any rate, the statue helps us to make history real to the imagination.

    Under Csars' Shadow Henry Francis Colby
  • They missed the head master by ten minutes—but ten minutes make history.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson

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