have to show for(redirected from have something to show for)
have something to show for something
to be the result of your effort She tried her best to make the business work, but now all she had to show for her effort was a huge debt.
have to show for
Be able to exhibit as a result of one's work or expenditure. For example, I've been working all day and I have absolutely nothing to show for it, or He has some very fine paintings to show for the vast amount of money he's spent. This idiom was first recorded in 1727.