say (something) for (someone or something)

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say (something) for (someone or something)

To say something in support, defense, or aid of someone or something. I'll say this much for Bill—he has a great work ethic. Anyone can be a gracious winner, but the way you handle yourself when you lose says a lot for your character. What does it say for your company that you unwittingly hired a convicted felon to manage your accounts?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

say something for something

[for something] to imply something good about something. The speed with which we were able to sell the house says something for the state of the real estate market. The number of new cars on the road says something for the state of the nation's economy.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

say for

To say or indicate something in support of someone or something: What do you have to say for yourself? Their legal problems don't say much for their company.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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