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'border, edge, sign'
a spot or dirty area on something that spoils its appearance
I can't get these marks out of my T-shirt.
all over the floor.
marks left by a car's tyres
were over 30 feet long.
a cut, hole, or other small sign of damage
burn/scratch/bite etc mark
a burn mark on the kitchen table
There were scratch marks all over the victim's body.
a small area of darker or lighter colour on a plain surface such as a person's skin or an animal's fur
The kitten is mainly white with black marks on her back.
a shape or sign that is written or printed
What do those strange marks at the top mean?
at the bottom of the page.
a particular level, number, amount etc
pass/reach/approach etc the ... mark
The temperature is not expected to reach the 20 degree mark in the next few days.
In 1976 unemployment in Britain passed the one million mark.
especially British English
a letter or number given by a teacher to show how good a student's work is
The highest mark was a B+.
have been a lot
the mark you need in order to pass an exam
The pass mark was 75%.
the highest possible mark
full/top marks for effort/trying/persistence etc
used to praise someone for trying hard to do something, even though they did not succeed
I have to
approval or disapproval of something or of the way someone has done something
his low marks as transportation chief
make/leave your mark
to become successful or famous
It took him only two games to make his mark.
make/leave your mark as
He made his mark as a pianist in the 1920s.
make/leave your mark on/in
He has left his mark on baseball history.
leave/make its mark on somebody/something
to affect someone or something so that they change in a permanent or very noticeable way
Singers like Franklin and Redding helped gospel music make its mark on popular culture.
Growing up during the war had left its mark on her.
off the mark/wide of the mark
Our cost estimate was
way off the mark
be a mark of something
to show that someone or something is a particular thing, has a particular quality etc
be a sign of something
The ability to perform well under pressure is the mark of a true champion.
a mark of respect/honour/affection etc
something that happens or is done to show respect, honour etc
a mark of respect/honour/affection etc for
The plaque awarded to Grant is a mark of recognition for his years of service.
There was a two-minute silence
as a mark of respect
for the dead.
Mark 2/6 etc
mark 2/6 etc
especially British English
a particular type or model of a car, machine etc
an old Mark 2 Ford Cortina
a measurement used in Britain for the temperature of a gas
Cook for 40 minutes at
hit/miss the mark
to hit or miss the thing that you were shooting at
to succeed or fail to have the effect you wanted
Although it contains a certain amount of truth, this theory ultimately misses the mark.
be quick/slow/first etc off the mark
to be quick, slow, first etc to understand things or react to situations
You'll have to be quick off the mark if you want to find a job around here.
not up to the mark
not good enough
Her work just isn't up to the mark.
not well and healthy
I'm not feeling quite up to the mark today.
the halfway mark
the point in a race, journey, or event that is half way between the start and the finish
bear the mark of something
to show the physical signs of something which happened in the past
His face bore the marks of many missions.
if something bears the mark of something or someone, it has signs that show who or what made it or influenced it
His speech bore all the marks of his military background.
on your mark(s), get set, go!
said in order to start a race
the standard unit of money used in Germany before the
a sign in the form of a cross, used by someone who is not able to write their name
Do not use
when you mean a particular type of product. Use
an expensive make of camera
a well-known brand of toothpaste
➔ overstep the mark
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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