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 the Owls were equal to the occasion. They ruffled their feathers, and cried, "No surrender!" The featherless beings plied their work cheerfully, and answered, "Reform!" The creepers were torn down this way and that.
But Bruno was equal to the occasion, and with a glad shout of "Hi then!
But he was equal to the occasion. He got up and played his hand like a major -- and took every trick.
The head not being destroyed, the obvious alternative is to hide it-- and the Baron is equal to the occasion. His studies in the old library have informed him of a safe place of concealment in the palace.
Don't forsake me, if they come back!" The surgeon was equal to the occasion; he placed the hand of the pretty Englishwoman on his breast.
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. As it was, she made little commotion.
Superintendent proved equal to the occasion; he looked at them with his resolute eye, and he cowed them with his military voice.
They were, however, equal to the occasion. The line of police, immediately countermarching, forced their way back with their staves.
Then it dawned on me that I had survived my first big test and had found my temperament equal to the occasion. I realised then, for the first time, that I had the right mental make-up to withstand all the pressures and tensions of modern football."
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.