do (someone or something) justice

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do (someone or something) justice

To represent someone or something wholly or accurately. Often used in the negative to emphasize that someone or something is better than has been portrayed. You're a great singer. You just need to be in a band that does you and your voice justice. I think you two will love this house once we get inside—the pictures really don't do it justice.
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do yourself justice

COMMON If you do yourself justice, you do something as well as you are capable of doing it. I don't think I can win, but I want to do myself justice. The selection panel was impressed but felt she did not do herself justice in the interview.
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do yourself justice

perform as well as you are able to.
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ˌdo yourself ˈjustice

do something as well as you can in order to show other people how good you are: She’s a very good painter, but in her recent work she hasn’t done herself justice.He didn’t do himself justice in the match. He hadn’t trained hard enough.
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References in classic literature ?
"Your majesty will do us justice. In doing us justice you will no longer treat us as men of vulgar stamp.