have nothing to say for (oneself)(redirected from have nothing to say for themselves)
have nothing to say for (oneself)
1. To be unable to defend or explain one's behavior. I confronted Tommy about breaking the vase, and he had nothing to say for himself.
2. To struggle in conversing with others. That guy is a real dullard—he has nothing to say for himself.
have something, nothing, etc. to ˈsay for yourself
1 be able/unable to explain your actions: I’ve asked him what he was doing here in the middle of the night, but he’s got nothing to say for himself.
2 be able/unable to hold a conversation or express your opinions: She seems very nice but she doesn’t have much to say for herself.