Put on a good, poor, wonderful, etc. show - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
put on a good, poor, wonderful, etc. show
put on a (good, poor, etc.) show
To attempt, do, or perform something to the degree specified before "show." Every year just before Christmas, the city carolers put on a wonderful show in front of city hall. Though they were heavily favored to win, the team put on a pretty poor show.
put on a good, poor, wonderful, etc. show make a good, poor, etc. attempt at doing something, especially in spite of difficulties: Considering that the children had no help, they put on a marvellous show.