Definition of do someone credit (or do credit to someone) in English:

do someone credit (or do credit to someone)


  • Make someone worthy of praise or respect.

    ‘your concern does you credit’
    • ‘Your inclination to see the best in people does you credit.’
    • ‘‘They've been over-generous really, which does them credit,’ said one.’
    • ‘Such humility does him credit as a person but not as manager.’
    • ‘They were real, and indignation at injustice does credit to us.’
    • ‘His stated regret at bringing embarrassment to the bank and its staff, and his willingness to match his words with actions, do him credit at the darkest hour of his career.’
    • ‘His fluency and polish in his new role do him credit, although it remains to be seen if this is sufficient.’
    • ‘Your prudence is rare and does you credit, but you may be taking things a tad too far.’
    • ‘Yet Green's awareness of the need to provide detailed readings of individual works, an awareness that does him credit, obliges him to undertake that task separately, in a discrete section of the book.’
    • ‘This is the first novel for the Canadian author, but his previous work as a journalist does him credit here - he knows just how much of a yarn to unravel for the reader that will always leave them eager for more.’
    • ‘For 45 minutes last night old faces and new responded to the challenge with a combination of passion and pragmatism that did credit to themselves and to their manager.’