take credit (for something)

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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.
See also: credit, take