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rise to the occasion

To increase one's effort in response to a challenging situation. If you're going to lead this team, you've got to rise to the occasion and start motivating them. It was a tough act to follow, but the band rose to the occasion and played the best set of their career.
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rise to the occasion

Fig. to meet the challenge of an event; to try extra hard to do a task. John was able to rise to the occasion and make the conference a success. It was a big challenge, but he rose to the occasion.
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rise to the occasion

Show unexpected skill in dealing with a difficulty that arises, as in The leading man broke his leg in the first act but his understudy rose to the occasion and was rewarded with excellent reviews . [Mid-1800s]
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rise to the occasion

perform better than usual in response to a special situation or event.
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rise to the ocˈcasion/ˈchallenge

do something successfully in a difficult situation, emergency, etc: When the lead singer became ill, Cathy had to take her place. Everyone thought she rose to the occasion magnificently.This company must be prepared to rise to the challenge of a rapidly changing market.
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rise to the occasion

To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
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Law firms must rise to the occasion or face more unhappy clients and the associated fallout.
According to the SI story, a month ago teammate Jason Giambi challenged his teammate to rise to the occasion and told manager Joe Torre to stop coddling the superstar.
With new challenges steadily appearing, and a growing shortage of skilled storage administrators, software and technology must ultimately rise to the occasion for this gap to ever close.
But he has shown a remarkable ability to rise to the occasion when he is on the court.
The Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel decided to rise to the occasion by holding a "Doubletree Double Hurricane Fundraiser" with two schools in the New York Metropolitan Area which led to a $6,000 donation to the American Red Cross.
Haddock, at times a dead ringer for actor Tim Robbins, looked the part of Pinkerton, but his voice didn't always rise to the occasion.
In desperate times, the water community has a real opportunity to rise to the occasion to further serve not only their customers, but all Californians.
If their conciliatory words last week are any indication, both sides could well rise to the occasion.
By sharing his personal account of how he and his crewmates overcame great odds to achieve mission success in one of the most dramatic and dangerous space missions in history, Linenger will challenge the audience to rise to the occasion and embrace change, confront challenges ahead, and work together as a team to overcome adversity.
He expects himself to rise to the occasion and be the guy.
With Mullinax gone, the LAUSD will not have a credible voice for fiscal discipline and integrity unless Superintendent Roy Romer and the school board rise to the occasion.
RBOCs) and the competitive companies, while the consumers have been continuing to suffer from lack of choice, here is a breakthrough -- if Qwest will rise to the occasion," said Cagle.
They'll rise to the occasion,'' he said of the new officers.