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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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After transgressing the style guidelines for female pop stars and not wearing heels during her performance on Britain's Got Talent, Tulisa, 23, rose to the occasion to celebrate hitting the No1 spot, fittingly, at London's Rose nightclub.
BIG House rose to the occasion when beating divisional champions Oyster Catcher 1-0 in the Magee Cup Final as both sides gave their all in a hard fought battle.
While paying rich tributes to the martyrs he said that our defence forces especially Pak Army has always rose to the occasion. He said that nation respects defence forces of the country from the core of its hearts.
Thereafter Gateshead searched in vain for an equaliser as Nissan rose to the occasion.
He rose to the occasion, while Forte made up for Jason Price's disallowed goal on 50 minutes, firing into the top corner after 65 minutes.
Tynedale faced the big target of 139 when they hosted Benwell Hill ( but the Hexham youngsters rose to the occasion and won comfortably.
The Englishman, who last year missed out by one shot on the play-off won by Ernie Els, rose to the occasion again as he closed the tournament on four over par.
Panelists rose to the occasion, offering suggestions and anecdotes that opened up a lively dialogue.
County looked up against it now but Irvine rose to the occasion in 78 minutes heading home a Roy McBain corner unchallenged from 10 yards.
Scarborough, without new striker Liam Robinson due to illness, found an able substitute in Dutch midfielder Carel van der Velden, who rose to the occasion on his debut.
It was evident she was initially outwith her comfort zone, but gradually she rose to the occasion.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Steven Gerrard rose to the occasion in Cardiff
Golf: Just as he rose to the occasion on his Ryder Cup debut last September, England's Luke Donald is already making his presence felt at his first Masters.
Edredon Bleu rose to the occasion to record another famous success - this time in Ireland - as he prevailed in a thrilling renewal of the Clonmel Oil Chase yesterday.
Hendry, though, rose to the occasion, firing in breaks of 61, 50 and 135 to lead 6-5, clearing from 0-56 with 78 to win the next, and making further contributions of 95, 42 and 30 to land the pounds 52,000 first prize.