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    be equal to occasion

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    Sir Leopold, it would seem, was faced with the almost impossible task of proposing a toast to Demoyte without sating anything pleasant about him. But Sir Leopold’s ingenuity turned out to be equal to the occasion. He contrived to say nothing pleasant about Demoyte by saying nothing about him at all.

    be equal to the occasion = to rise to occasion = to have the courage, wit, etc., to meet the special demands of a situation

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: be equal to occasion

    Correct, Vil.


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