have something to prove

have something to prove

To have the need to display and confirm one's abilities to others who are doubtful. His parents expect his art career to fail, so he definitely has something to prove with this upcoming gallery show.
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Speaking of the goals, he added "Quinn missed so many of those in training we thought he was defending and as for Theo having something to prove, every single player, myself and all the staff have something to prove every week.
They might have something to prove, but you can't put lipstick on a pig and turn it into a horse,'' said USC defensive end/zoologist Lawrence Jackson.
I think I have something to prove to myself and swimming is a part of that.
We all feel like we have something to prove and lot of respect to earn,'' said Pierce freshman linebacker Wes Anderson, a graduate of Vasquez High in Acton, who had eight tackles and an interception last week.
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