show oneself

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of show oneself

1 : to move out from a hidden place so that one can be seen
  • The guard ordered him to show himself.
2 : to show that one is a particular kind of person, that one has a particular skill, etc.
  • She has shown herself capable of running the company.
often followed by to be
  • They showed themselves to be cowards.

Word by Word Definitions

show play
  1. : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit

  2. : to offer for sale

  3. : to present as a public spectacle : perform

  1. : a demonstrative display

  2. : outward appearance

  3. : a false semblance : pretense

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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