have nothing to say for yourself

have something/a lot/nothing/etc to say for yourself phrase
to be fairly/​very/​not at all keen to talk, especially about yourself and your reasons for doing something

He didn’t have a lot to say for himself.

She’s always got far too much to say for herself.

Thesaurus: words used to describe writing or speech stylehyponym to write somethingsynonym
Main entry: say

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have something, nothing, etc. to ˈsay for yourself idiom
to be ready, unwilling, etc. to talk or give your views on sth

She doesn't have much to say for herself

(= doesn't take part in conversation)

.

He had plenty to say for himself

(= he had a lot of opinions and was willing to talk)

.

Late again— what have you got to say for yourself

(= what is your excuse)

?

Main entry:sayidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • have something/nothing/much etc. to say for yourself — have something/nothing/much (etc.) to say for yourself : to be able or unable to say something that explains what you are doing, have done, etc. I asked him about school, but he didn t have much to say for himself. Your teacher says you were… …   Useful english dictionary

  • have something/nothing/much to say for yourself — have something/nothing/much (etc.) to say for yourself : to be able or unable to say something that explains what you are doing, have done, etc. I asked him about school, but he didn t have much to say for himself. Your teacher says you were… …   Useful english dictionary

  • have a lot to say for yourself — have something/a lot/nothing/etc to say for yourself phrase to be fairly/​very/​not at all keen to talk, especially about yourself and your reasons for doing something He didn’t have a lot to say for himself. She’s always got far too much to say… …   Useful english dictionary

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