rise to the occasion

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rise to the occasion

Show unexpected skill in dealing with a difficulty that arises, as in The leading man broke his leg in the first act but his understudy rose to the occasion and was rewarded with excellent reviews. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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