assert (one)self

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assert (one)self

To display self-confidence and strength of conviction, typically in the pursuit of something. Melanie is always so timid—I'm shocked she was able to assert herself to the boss today. You need to assert yourself and tell her how you really feel!
See also: assert

assert oneself

To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
See also: assert
References in classic literature ?
Beneath these superficial inconsistencies, the great heart, the essentially true and generous nature of the woman, only waited the sufficient occasion to assert themselves.
Equality and fraternity, these are the ideals which once moved the world, and then fell into despite and mockery, as unrealities; but now they assert themselves in our hearts once more.
In bed our yesterdays are too oppressive: if a man can only get up, though it be but to whistle or to smoke, he has a present which offers some resistance to the past--sensations which assert themselves against tyrannous memories.
It is repeated by all the bugles of all the subordinate commanders; the sharp metallic notes assert themselves above the hum of the advance, and penetrate the sound of the cannon.
He was dogmatic with those who did not venture to assert themselves, but with the self-assertive he was very modest.
When the parting came he affected high spirits, to conceal certain inconvenient emotions which seemed inclined to assert themselves.
KUWAIT -- Driven by the desire to break routine and explore the world, Kuwaitis set out on journeys around the globe to gain experience, defy risks and assert themselves.
Robins knows the hosts must assert themselves on the opposition who are winless in six matches to bounce back.
With the games in this tournament only 40 minutes per half, there wasn't much time for either side to assert themselves.
By: Egypt Today staff CAIRO -- 4 May 2017: Zamalek and Ismaili's Premier League clash Wednesday ended in a goalless draw in a poor quality game played at Cairo International Stadium, where both failed to assert themselves as possible competitors in the championship.
The hungry and tired stags will go off to feed and regain the weight they lost over the rutting season, in the hope that they can return next year and assert themselves as top dog.
Altas mentor Jimwell Gican has high hopes that Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze could assert themselves against a San Beda squad that lost Donald Tankoua to a knee injury.
Our trade unions will have to assert themselves to salvage from the dross of EU legislation the genuinely beneficial bits.
Allama Iqbal believed that religion was a living and dynamic force that needed to be continuously interpreted, the former President said and called upon the people to assert themselves in reinterpreting religious thought.
BATH have been struggling to assert themselves in the Premiership this season but tonight's clash with Newcastle offers a chance for their backline to shine, writes Graham Woods.