take it upon (oneself) to (do something)

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take it upon (oneself) to (do something)

To decide to do something even though it is not one's responsibility. I took it upon myself to print out these information packets for the meeting since I knew the data might be confusing. The kids took it upon themselves to wash your car—I'm so proud of them for doing it without being told!
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take it upon oneself

Also, take on oneself. Undertake something, as in I took it upon myself to count the precise number of children in the audience, or She took it on herself to enter a convent. [Second half of 1400s]
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Sundari took it upon herself to offer dinner theater entertainment, pulling from her considerable repertoire a few songs, some jokes, and a one-girl skit in which she impersonated the facility manager.
After the first practice, she took it upon herself to call a players-only meeting to tell the newcomers what they needed to do.
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Diane Watson took it upon herself to escort him out.