Definition of make a (or no) difference in US English:

make a (or no) difference


  • Have a significant effect (or no effect) on a person or situation.

    ‘the law will make no difference to my business’
    • ‘She paid tribute to women's groups, who were making a difference in women's lives.’
    • ‘It will make no difference to the situation we find ourselves in.’
    • ‘It simply makes no difference how well the situation there goes over the next year.’
    • ‘Using the entry form printed here, send us your nominations for community heroes who are making a difference.’
    • ‘So, I do not think that a different design would have significantly made a difference.’
    • ‘If it is not, it will unfairly brand staff as failures while making no difference to the quality of service.’
    • ‘Even the proprietors and editors who did not want devolution to succeed can no longer claim the parliament is doing nothing or making no difference.’
    • ‘It is not an executive role, but it matters because it can make a difference.’
    • ‘The awareness campaigns have made a difference but the situation is far from ideal.’
    • ‘Although the project was only officially launched last February there is already evidence that its methods are making a difference.’
    make any difference, make a difference, be important, be of importance, be of consequence, signify, be of significance, be relevant, be of account, carry weight, count
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