give somebody credit for something - meaning?
“Dr. Watson, Mr. Sherlock Holmes,” said Stamford, introducing us.
“How are you?” he said cordially, gripping my hand with a strength _for which I should hardly have given him credit_. “You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Arthur Conan Doyle
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Hi. This is the definition of the phrase “give someone credit for something”
to believe that someone is good at something or has a particular good quality
Does the definition apply to the underlined example?