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 for To make one''s mark
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mark \Mark\, n. [OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk,
     MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. m[ae]rke; cf. Lith.
     margas party-colored. [root]106, 273. Cf. Remark.]
     1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything;
        esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or
        impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some
        information or intimation; a token; a trace.
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              The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him
              should kill him.                      --Gen. iv. 15.
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     2. Specifically:
        (a) A character or device put on an article of merchandise
            by the maker to show by whom it was made; a
        (b) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for
            a signature by one who can not write.
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                  The mark of the artisan is found upon the most
                  ancient fabrics that have come to light.
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     3. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a
        traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark.
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     4. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although
        not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain,
        etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark.
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              I have some marks of yours upon my pate. --Shak.
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     5. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a
        significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a
        permanent impression of one's activity or character.
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              The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation.
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     6. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at;
        what one seeks to hit or reach.
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              France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland.
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              Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark. --Young.
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     7. Attention, regard, or respect.
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              As much in mock as mark.              --Shak.
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     8. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the
        mark; to come up to the mark.
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     9. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.
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              In the official marks invested, you
              Anon do meet the Senate.              --Shak.
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     10. Preeminence; high position; as, patricians of mark; a
         fellow of no mark.
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     11. (Logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a
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     12. A number or other character used in registering; as,
         examination marks; a mark for tardiness.
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     13. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image;
         children; descendants. [Obs.] "All the mark of Adam."
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     14. (Naut.) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting
         which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of
         from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called
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     A man of mark, a conspicuous or eminent man.
     To make one's mark. (a) To sign, as a letter or other
        writing, by making a cross or other mark.
         (b) To make a distinct or lasting impression on the
             public mind, or on affairs; to gain distinction.
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     Syn: Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige;
          track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge;
          indication; symptom.
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