equal to the occasion

equal to the occasion

Having the necessary ability, talent, qualities, or capability to handle or accomplish a given role or situation. The young soldier proved equal to the occasion and saved his platoon from an enemy ambush. We need a manager who can lead project initiatives and efficiently direct employees—do you think you're equal to the occasion?
See also: equal, occasion
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But Bruno was equal to the occasion, and with a glad shout of "Hi then
But the new member was equal to the occasion, and rising, with a grateful salutation to the Chair, said in the most engaging manner, "Mr.
Now, as ever, equal to the occasion, Captain Wragge called his useful information once more to the rescue.
Now you have proved yourself equal to the occasion," said Maggie, "and said what it was incumbent on you to say under the circumstances.
So David, with a promptitude equal to the occasion, drew out his box of yellow lozenges, lifted the lid, and performed a pantomime with his mouth and fingers, which was meant to imply that he was delighted to see his dear brother Jacob, and seized the opportunity of making him a small present, which he would find particularly agreeable to the taste.
Sir Charles noted his guest's reception with secret satisfaction, but shared the embarrassment which oppressed all present except Trefusis, who seemed quite indifferent and assured, and unconsciously produced an impression that the others had not been equal to the occasion, as indeed they had not.
Had it not been for Martin's heartlessness, she would have felt wholly equal to the occasion.
Then it dawned on me that I had survived my first big test and had found my temperament equal to the occasion.
The Whitnash star was equal to the occasion, however, and with a bang-ontarget runner fired the jack into the ditch to pick up a match-winning four shots to increase their advantage to 20-13.
The day finished with the two finals, in the novice Fold Surprise (Perks Presteigne) proved equal to the occasion when he stormed to the front on the final lap so earning his transfer up into the grade B with Miss Bogart (Harries Merthyr) second and Inshallah (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) third.
It would appear they have decided that they cannot find words equal to the occasion.
Taylor, had to prove himself equal to the occasion after only six minutes when Alessandro Del Piero snapped into action on a surge down the left, whipping in a curling 20-yard shot which was just as smartly pushed behind for a corner.
It is the band's first tour for five years and the space-age set was equal to the occasion.
The Desborough skip was equal to the occasion, however, and he won the game when his brilliant trail shot moved the jack to the back of the head to count two shots and leave Taylor no chance of scoring with his last delivery.
Ashby was equal to the occasion, however, and with an accurate runner clipped out the opposing counter to leave the Bears with a couple of shots and a 127-124 victory.