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]


Nearby words

  1. make an ass of,
  2. make an end of,
  3. make an example of,
  4. make an exception,
  5. make an exhibition of oneself,
  6. make arrangements for,
  7. make as if,
  8. make away,
  9. make away with,
  10. make bail

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