have to say for oneself

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of have to say for oneself

used with words such as something, nothing, much, etc., as to say that someone is able or unable to say something that explains what he or she is doing, has done, etc.
  • I asked him about school, but he didn't have much to say for himself.
  • Your teacher says you were caught cheating. Do you have anything to say for yourself?

Word by Word Definitions

say play
  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self


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