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rise to the occasion

To increase one's effort in response to a challenging situation. If you're going to lead this team, you've got to rise to the occasion and start motivating them. It was a tough act to follow, but the band rose to the occasion and played the best set of their career.
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rise to the occasion

Fig. to meet the challenge of an event; to try extra hard to do a task. John was able to rise to the occasion and make the conference a success. It was a big challenge, but he rose to the occasion.
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rise to the occasion

Show unexpected skill in dealing with a difficulty that arises, as in The leading man broke his leg in the first act but his understudy rose to the occasion and was rewarded with excellent reviews . [Mid-1800s]
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rise to the occasion

perform better than usual in response to a special situation or event.
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rise to the ocˈcasion/ˈchallenge

do something successfully in a difficult situation, emergency, etc: When the lead singer became ill, Cathy had to take her place. Everyone thought she rose to the occasion magnificently.This company must be prepared to rise to the challenge of a rapidly changing market.
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rise to the occasion

To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
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However, King believes they have what it takes to emerge victorious in the event to book their spot in the Final - and he is hoping they can rise to the occasion on the biggest stage.
POPULAR singer Gabrielle is preparing to rise to the occasion when she makes a triumphant return to the North East later this summer.
While chairing a high level meeting to review the overall security situation of the country, Prime Minster said that all political forces must rise to the occasion so that national consensus is evolved to address the problems faced by the country
"These are the cards we have been dealt, so we've got to accept it and move on and I've no doubt the players brought in will rise to the occasion," said Devine.
A decade on from being voted Football Writers Player of the Year, Southall showed that he can still rise to the occasion by denying Paul Scholes with a superb double stop that ensured Everton won the FA Cup - their last trophy to date.
Despite head coach Jon Sharp and a whole host of his Super League players looking to inspire the Under 21s from the sidelines, the Giants were unable to rise to the occasion.
They are capable of anything away from Ninian Park, and the more difficult the task, the more they rise to the occasion.
However, Wenger must now consider whether stand-in keeper Manuel Almunia will finally rise to the occasion or if he will continue to suffer
The two Keanes, O'Shea, Given, Holland and Duff will rise to the occasion, particularly with 30,000 travelling fans turning the Stade de France into a sea of green.
Vogts believes Celtic will rise to the occasion. He said, ``I think it will be an easier match for Celtic.
Though he has a lot on his plate, Burrus says he can rise to the occasion. "Every generation has its challenges.
The Pope explains that solidarity, justice and peace are America's founding principles, and that he wishes Americans would rise to the occasion and lead the common struggle against humanity's traditional enemies, "poverty, disease and violence." He called for a "revolution of opportunity," to have the whole world share in a dignified existence.
"The amazing thing about the insurance business is that it always manages to rise to the occasion when this happens.
No matter how surreal or outlandish Watergate became, Liddy always managed to rise to the occasion. When, after the failed June 17 break-in, Liddy volunteers to John Dean to have himself killed, we wonder which scenario is crazier: if Liddy is trying to impress the weak-stomached Dean with his bravado, or if he really means it.
Pucci's dancers aren't often asked to do the same, and might not rise to the occasion if they were.