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make a name for oneself

Definition of make a name for oneself in English:

Become famous: by the time he was thirty-five, he had made a name for himself as a successful railway contractor
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  • Now, she's got a familiar name, but she made a name for herself by being an author and columnist.
  • A lot of restaurants, hotels, and bars make a name for themselves when a famous guest stops by and signs a photo.
  • If the pranksters' aim is to make a name for themselves, they are succeeding.
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