find (one's) voice

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find (one's) voice

1. To find one's distinctive style or vision of artistic expression. I think this is your best story yet, Betsy—you've really found your voice as a writer. It takes time to find your voice, but I'm confident you'll get there by the end of our photography class.
2. To regain the ability to speak, especially after something frightening or startling has happened. It took him a minute, but Pete found his voice again after we startled him at his surprise party.
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find your ˈvoice/ˈtongue

(informal) finally be able to speak after being too nervous or shy to do so: He sat silent through the first half of the meeting before he found his tongue.
See also: find, tongue, voice
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This "ambulance chasing" is the great bogeyman of the industrial right and still finds voice in Congress today amongst the antique Illiterati who decry "trial lawyers" as the assassins of free enterprise.
S, UK and Pakistan, Hamid embodies an interesting perspective that finds voice through his work.
That public policy finds voice in, among others, a strict regulatory scheme, covering virtually all aspects of hospital operations.
Terri Jentz's harrowing story finds voice in Strange Piece of Paradise, her first book.
Foer offers an artfully-told, and often horrifying, rogues' gallery of hooligans and corrupt executives, the ways in which a general global economic and political optimism has failed to dissolve or even diminish the odious traditions and rites of the developing world, or the stubborn elements of the developed nations: the hideous, sometimes murderous clashes between Catholics and Protestants, a pre-Enlightenment tension that finds voice in the rivalry of Celtic (Glasgow's Catholic club) and Rangers (the city's Protestant, royalist side).
OUT: Nell finds voice after narrowly losing to Christine, left
Eileen Gillooly offers an unconvincing and loosely focussed essay on "Humor as Daughterly Defense in Cranford," arguing that Gaskell's "young female narrator's viewpoint presents" a "challenge" to "Amazonian authority," and that "daughterly conflict" finds voice "in the pre-Oedipal ambivalence embedded in the tropological and narrative structures of the text" (136).
The same sense of awe surrounding the individuality of each human story finds voice in the anthology of ``poetry and prose by everyday folk,'' ``American Mosaic.
His offbeat sensibility finds voice in a story that demands extremes of triumph and tragedy.
Basalt, black ice, lightning, sparrow; gather the broken familiar ones till silence offers us her own uncrafted song as wind finds voice in all she passes -- empty nests and broken trees -- sings on if only to herself, through these.
Travel agency finds voice clarity, consistency and peace of mind with Phonebooth
Mab Jones' blinkered view of Ely might have been correct 20 years ago but today it is different ("Mute Mab finds voice in poetry", Echo, July 1).
The famed story of two sets of twins who are separated at birth, their meeting years later and the ensuing medley of romance and comic chaos finds voice in the masterful visual and verbal puns of director Kenneth Kelleher, who returns to the festival with his trademark penchant for stunning imagery and music.
The expertise that its editorial and research staff have developed -- now consulted and relied upon by the industry's top executives, consultants, bankers and investors -- finds voice in its publications, leading-edge conferences, and integrated, highly searchable databases of transactions and commentary.
He keeps the pace moving briskly and finds voices for the characters that help define their personalities.