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express oneself

Reveal or portray one's feelings or views through speech, writing, some form of art, or behavior. For example, I find it hard to express myself in Italian, or Helen expresses herself through her painting, or Teenagers often express themselves through their attire, haircuts, and the like. [ Mid-1500s ]
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Contemporary Examples
  • It is not enough to express oneself in the same tone of deference that Muslims do when talking or writing about their religion.

Historical Examples
  • It would be foolish to express oneself on this point with modesty and reserve.

  • Still, it is difficult to express oneself feelingly to order.

    Long Odds

    Harold Bindloss
  • The way in which one chooses to express oneself is no accident; it is determined by the very source of ones artistic passion.

  • Moreover, the personal factor in the case of Sin, if one may express oneself thus, is not as strong as in that of some other gods.

  • That incident clearly demonstrates how difficult and delicate it is to express oneself in a tongue other than one's own.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • To break those barriers down, is to find a vent, to expand, to express oneself.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • He was soon taught that one must not aim at too wide a view-point or express oneself too freely.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • It was done from the fulness of youthful energy, and from the desire to express oneself that was "in the air."

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Now I have noticed that at one time it is much easier to express oneself in a foreign language than at another.

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