strut one's stuff

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strut (one's) stuff

To act or perform with brazen, ostentatious confidence. I swear these dogs know they're being judged—look how they strut their stuff! After a year of training, he went up onto the stage to strut his stuff.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

strut one's stuff

Behave or perform in an ostentatious manner, show off, as in The skaters were out, strutting their stuff. This expression uses strut in the sense of "display in order to impress others." [Slang; first half of 1900s]
See also: strut, stuff
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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This means that the ability to strut one's stuff on two legs has likely evolved several times among different types of animals.