rise to the occasion/challenge


: to make the special effort that is required to successfully deal with a difficult situation
No one was sure if he could handle the pressure of making a speech, but he rose to the occasion and did an excellent job.
When the company needed to increase its sales, its employees rose to the challenge.

Examples of rise to the occasion/challenge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But season 4 saw Kendall rise to the occasion as co-CEO. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 26 May 2023 But sometimes, the players who step in rise to the occasion and match — or exceed — the standard set by the previous standout. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2023 In times of great disruption in our world and society, artists and songwriters who have something original to say, who rise to the occasion, will resonate the loudest. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2023 Norwood first-year coach Chris Fraoli, who replaced Kristen McDonnell after a 20-plus year tenure at Dedham, felt Beaudet and Mahoney’s experience helped other teammates rise to the occasion down the stretch. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2023 Will the Frogs take a step back, or will a new player rise to the occasion? Dallas News, 2 Mar. 2023 But as the pressure mounted and the stakes raised, Williams would rise to the occasion in a way few have in the sport’s history, not only reviving a dormant powerhouse at USC, but announcing himself as the best player in college football in the process. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2022 The rapper, joined by daughter Hailie at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for his big night, alluded to his unusual rise to the occasion in his acceptance speech. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2022 Hopefully, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and its successors will rise to the occasion. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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“Rise to the occasion/challenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rise%20to%20the%20occasion%2Fchallenge. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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