enter into the spirit of

enter/get into the spirit of something

to show that you are happy to be at a social event by talking to a lot of people, dancing, or wearing special clothes 'Hey, I like your hat!' 'Well, I thought I'd better enter into the spirit of things.' I'm afraid I was feeling too ill to really get into the spirit of the evening.
See also: enter, of, spirit
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I introduced Didymus and Eustathius to Homer, and prevailed on him to treat them better than perhaps they deserved, for he soon found they wanted a genius to enter into the spirit of a poet.
Catherine spoke with a kind of dreary triumph: she seemed to have made up her mind to enter into the spirit of her future family, and draw pleasure from the griefs of her enemies.
Then, at their request, we became `serious,' resolving to humor them and to enter into the spirit of the game.
No sir, I am not an admiral,' returned Van Tromp, who now began to grow nettled and enter into the spirit of the interview.
I'm afraid some one else has fed me most of my life," she laughed, trying bravely to enter into the spirit of his quizzing, though I could see a terror dawning and growing in her eyes as she watched Wolf Larsen.
Pope did not know enough Greek to enter into the spirit of it, and he worked mostly from translation.
Haley's horse, which was a white one, and very fleet and spirited, appeared to enter into the spirit of the scene with great gusto; and having for his coursing ground a lawn of nearly half a mile in extent, gently sloping down on every side into indefinite woodland, he appeared to take infinite delight in seeing how near he could allow his pursuers to approach him, and then, when within a hand's breadth, whisk off with a start and a snort, like a mischievous beast as he was and career far down into some alley of the wood-lot.
TRANMERE hope fans will enter into the spirit of a "retro day" theme for the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Lincoln City at Prenton Park on Saturday.
And visitors are being invited to enter into the spirit of the occasion by dressing in costume.
Visitors who enter into the spirit of things and decorate their cars in pink will get a discount, with a donation going to the charity.
I like all of his movies to be fair"), but also a Q&A in which Gary Haynes failed to enter into the spirit of things.
30pm) GET ready to enter into the spirit of the Olympics again as the Winter Games officially begin.
Scarefest is the perfect place for Halloween fun for all ages and visitors enter into the spirit of the occasion, we saw all manner of ghouls and ghosts as we wandered around last weekend.
The chief complaint is they don't enter into the spirit of the culture, the singing and the costume.
We want people to enjoy themselves, and our officers have been briefed to be vigilant, but to enter into the spirit of things.