take credit for

take credit (for something)

To receive recognition, praise, or approval for something, whether or not it is deserved. I really can't take credit—Harry and Lisa are the one's who really made this a success! She tries to get by doing as little as possible, then tries to take credit for other people's work.
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take credit for something

to allow people to believe that one has done something praiseworthy, whether or not one has actually done it. I can't take credit for the entire success. Toby helped a lot. Mary took credit for everything that Dave did.
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Doing so would allow Franco to brag and take credit for the murders, which would infuriate the real killer.
All major political parties either take credit for initiating it or make promises to bring prosperity and development through CPEC while also safeguarding the national interests."
If you've ever had someone take credit for an idea of yours, you know how annoying it is.