One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The name of an important person within a particular sphere of activity.‘on the merger scene his is a name to conjure with’
- ‘If his name is no longer a name to conjure with among students and practitioners of war, it is in part because his point of view has been so widely adopted, even by those unaware of his work.’
- ‘Other writers on the centre left say that it is no longer a name to conjure with when trying to persuade their readers of anything at all.’
- ‘No matter how many super-yachts tie up in its old port, or how many visitors swarm through its narrow streets and along its cafe-crowded quays, St Tropez is still a name to conjure with.’
- ‘Even in death her name was a name to conjure with.’
- ‘The Plantagenets wanted him christened Henry after his grandfather, but Constance named him Arthur for the legendary King Arthur, a name to conjure with among the Bretons.’
- ‘It had, of course, always been a name to conjure with.’
- ‘In some ways, the most interesting story is that of the leader, Muntz, not a name to conjure with but an intriguing player all the same.’
- ‘I used to live there for four years and when I moved to Brighton last year couldn't bring myself to sever all ties with the place - not only has it a name to conjure with, but its a lovely area too.’
- ‘It is hardly a name to conjure with here.’
- ‘However, this is what made it a name to conjure with, as far as young Japanese are concerned.’
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