One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Decide to do something without asking for permission or advice.
- ‘He then probably took it on himself to carry out these very brutal acts.’
- ‘If you take it on yourself to make a diagnosis, for example by deciding that the condition isn't serious, you could be liable if the condition turns out to require urgent treatment.’
- ‘Edward decided to take it on himself to rid Ralph's house of Alex.’
- ‘He took it on himself to help at the mosque, things that other people wouldn't want to do.’
- ‘He even sometimes read petitions from individual prisoners, taking it on himself to decide whether to release them.’
- ‘One Highland laird who had been the victim of a housebreaking in 2004 took it on himself to check out whether any of his rare china collection, stolen from his mansion near Kingussie, might be up for sale online.’
- ‘Roth thought, ‘How could I take it on myself to decide that my father should be finished with life, life which is ours to know just once?’’
- ‘They took it on themselves to define the distinction between high and popular culture and then police its boundaries.’
- ‘Any useful advice would mainly have been that Abid should consult a solicitor; no social worker would or should take it on himself to give any legal advice.’
- ‘You had a juror who took it on himself to have a press conference on the courthouse steps to say how happy he was that they convicted her of insider trading.’
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