have nothing to say for (oneself)

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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.
See also: have, nothing, say

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.
See also: have, say