take it upon yourself


1. do something on your own initiative






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take it upon yourself to do something

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When you 'take something upon yourself', you become responsible for something by choice without being asked. It can also mean to do something without looking for permission or getting approval first. This is a common phrase used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Steven and Alice told me not to get involved in their dispute, but I felt that I could help so I took it upon myself to intervene.
  2. The local council aren't doing enough to keep the town tidy, so residents are taking it upon themselves to make sure that the streets are clean.

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  1. Peter proved incapable of leading the project team, so I had to take it upon myself to arrange meetings and organize things.
  2. You always take it upon yourself to take the next step, which shows initiative. Next time could you consult with your team first to make sure everyone agrees?

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