give a good account of oneself


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give a good account of (oneself)

To perform well or admirably. I'm worried that I didn't give a good account of myself in that job interview today.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give a good account of oneself

Fig. to do (something) well or thoroughly. John gave a good account of himself when he gave his speech last night. Mary was not feeling well, and she didn't give a good account of herself in last night's game.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give a good account of oneself

Behave or perform creditably, as in Harry gave a good account of himself over the last few months, or The company will probably give a good account of itself in the next quarter. This expression transfers a financial reckoning to other affairs. [c. 1600]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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