give a good account of oneself

Behave or perform creditably, as in Harry gave a good account of himself over the last few months, or The company will probably give a good account of itself in the next quarter. This expression transfers a financial reckoning to other affairs. [c. 1600]


Nearby words

  1. giusto,
  2. give,
  3. give a bad name to,
  4. give a break,
  5. give a damn,
  6. give a hand,
  7. give a hang,
  8. give a hard time,
  9. give a hoot,
  10. give a leg up

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