To cut a figure. This phrase seems applicable more especially
to dress and outward bearing. To make a figure is rather to make a name
or reputation, but the distinction is not sharply observed.
To make a figure.
To be a notability. Faire quelque figure dans le monde. “He
makes no figure at court;” Il ne fait aucune figure à la cour.
What's the figure? The price; what am I to pay? what “figure”
or sum does my debt amount to?
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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