take credit for

take credit for something

to allow people to believe that one has done something praiseworthy, whether or not one has actually done it. I can't take credit for the entire success. Toby helped a lot. Mary took credit for everything that Dave did.
See also: credit, take
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6 trillion, ten-year surplus at a White House photo-op, Nicholson said "while Clinton takes credit for the Republican budget surplus, he still has a personal truth deficit -- including trying to take credit for the surplus in the first place.
Bill Clinton may try to take credit for balancing the budget, but the truth is that his 1993 budget -- including the biggest tax hike in history -- would have left this country with a $241 billion deficit this year.