put on a good/poor/etc. show

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put on a good/poor/etc. show

To attempt, do, or perform something with a particular level of quality (specified before "show"). Every year, the city carolers put on a wonderful show in front of city hall. Though they were heavily favored to win, the team put on a pretty poor show.
See also: good, on, poor, put, show

put on a good, poor, wonderful, etc. show

make a good, poor, etc. attempt at doing something, especially in spite of difficulties: Considering that the children had no help, they put on a marvellous show.
See also: on, put, show