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show someone a good time

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Entertain someone, as in I know Aunt Dorothy will show us a good time when we visit San Francisco. This idiom uses the verb show in the sense of “accord or grant something,” a usage dating from about 1200.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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