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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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.
See also: account, give, good, of
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]
See also: account, give, good, of
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.

give a good (or bad) account of yourself

make a favourable (or unfavourable) impression through your performance or actions.
See also: account, give, good, of
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give a good account of (oneself)

To behave or perform creditably.
See also: account, give, good, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Therefore it was his opinion we should go directly back to Bengal, from whence we came, without putting in at any port whatever--because where we could give a good account of ourselves, could prove where we were when the ship put in, of whom we bought her, and the like; and what was more than all the rest, if we were put upon the necessity of bringing it before the proper judges, we should be sure to have some justice, and not to be hanged first and judged afterwards.
Former Manchester City defender Morrison said: "We need to give a good account of ourselves in Europe.
"They've got history and are a massive club, but we're going to give a good account of ourselves and give it a good go."