Definition of show willing in English:

show willing


  • Display a willingness to help.

    • ‘Privileges should only be given to prisoners who behave or show willing to improve their behaviour.’
    • ‘He said, ‘There's going to be a bridleway and footpath around the site, and they are planting 700 trees, so they are showing willing.’’
    • ‘Try writing small pieces and show willing, and take your editor's advice about how to change and improve your writing.’
    • ‘They wanted to help us with our research, or at least show willing.’
    • ‘However, I'll be in trouble if I don't at least show willing.’
    • ‘They showed willing and really got into the spirit of it.’
    • ‘He was somewhat disconcerted on the bus when he discovered that two of us had never been bird watching before but since we were keen and showed willing we were quickly accepted.’
    • ‘I have never watched this series, or indeed anything to do with hospitals, but I felt I ought to show willing, so I watched a whole episode.’
    • ‘But the government's attempts to show willing in the abstract only deepen this cynicism further.’
    • ‘In any case, he adds, a good employer, for the sake of employee morale, is going to want to at least show willing and give your request a fair hearing.’
    cooperate, collaborate, play along, play the game, go along with the plan, show willing, be willing, help, lend a hand, assist, be of assistance, contribute, reciprocate, respond
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