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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We just took it upon ourselves to say, hey, what are the possibilities in today's world?
Since we couldn't find exactly what we were looking for, we took it upon ourselves to help actualize it.
We took it upon ourselves to verify or counteract [the BPA] claim," he says, "and found there is nothing to it.
They had passed one per building out and then we took it upon ourselves to distribute it throughout the buildings.
We got a list of prospective Rose Bowl seat sellers and took it upon ourselves to contact those people.