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apply oneself

To try hard or concentrate one's abilities (toward something). Without the preposition "to," it refers to a concentrated effort in general. I know you think you won't be able to understand this level of math, but you just need to apply yourself, and you'll find success. If we apply ourselves to the problem, we'll find a solution eventually.
See also: apply

find it in (oneself) (to do something)

To have the courage, conviction, or compassion to do or go through with something. If you could find it in yourself to lend me a few hundred bucks, it would really get me out of a jam. I simply couldn't find it in myself to fire him after he had just found out his father had passed away.
See also: find

find (oneself)

1. To discover and pursue one's true and inherent character, passion, skill, or vocation. I know you're unhappy in your job, so I think you should take some time off to really find yourself. Many students leave college and realize that they still have yet to find themselves.
2. To discover, recognize, or realize one's location, thoughts, or sentiments. Lost in a deep reverie, I suddenly found myself in a neighborhood I didn't recognize. I find myself inclined to agree with the professor's assessment.
See also: find

flatter (oneself)

To hold a vain, self-congratulatory, and exaggeratedly high opinion of oneself and/or one's achievements. Yeah, don't flatter yourself—she only asked you out to dinner because she wants to ask you about your brother. Gaston likes to flatter himself that he's the best man in town, but everyone knows he's just a pompous jerk.
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go hang yourself

Used as a rude imperative to indicate one's disapproval, apathy, or disdain regarding someone's words, thoughts, or actions. If you really think it's your prerogative to tell me how to run my business, then you can go hang yourself for all I care. She can go hang herself if she thinks I'm going to come into work on a Saturday.
See also: hang

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. There's plenty of food in the kitchen, so please, help yourselves to more. The vagrant they had given shelter to for the night helped himself to the family's prized set of silverware. The maps at the information kiosk are free, so tourists are welcome to help themselves.
See also: help

bear (one)self

To behave in a particular way. I need to bear myself bravely if I want to overcome this fear. I know you guys aren't thrilled about going to Great-Aunt Mildred's, but please try to bear yourselves politely.
See also: bear

by yourselves

1. with no one else present; alone (of two or more people). Are you two going to stand here by yourselves all evening? Don't sit home by yourselves. Come to the party.
2. with the help of no one else. Can you three do this by yourselves? I expect you guys to get there by yourselves.
See also: yourselves
References in classic literature ?
Put yourselves in front of us,' she said then; and so all the ladies-in-waiting put themselves in front, and he began to kiss the Princess.
Don Quixote stopped to take breath, and, observing that silence was still preserved, had a mind to continue his discourse, and would have done so had not Sancho interposed with his smartness; for he, seeing his master pause, took the lead, saying, "My lord Don Quixote of La Mancha, who once was called the Knight of the Rueful Countenance, but now is called the Knight of the Lions, is a gentleman of great discretion who knows Latin and his mother tongue like a bachelor, and in everything that he deals with or advises proceeds like a good soldier, and has all the laws and ordinances of what they call combat at his fingers' ends; so you have nothing to do but to let yourselves be guided by what he says, and on my head be it if it is wrong.
Along the wall, sir," said Mazarin, "there will be no danger of losing yourselves.
My children," said the Oldest and Wisest Ape in All the World, when he had heard the Deputation, "you did right in ridding yourselves of tyranny, but your tribe is not sufficiently advanced to dispense with the forms of monarchy.
Well, you won't have stood still yourselves, you know.
How many of the girls and boys--ah, men and women too--that are brought before you and you don't pity, are deaf and dumb in their minds, and go wrong in that state, and are punished in that state, body and soul, while you gentlemen are quarrelling among yourselves whether they ought to learn this or that?
In this case "promote independence" presumably means "get on with it yourselves as we're not going to help you any more".
You let yourselves be deprived before your own eyes of the best part of your revenues; your fields are plundered, your homes robbed, your family heirlooms taken away.
You brought nothing but discredit on yourselves, the game of football and the club you played for.
Before heading to the continent, the two teams received a special visit from the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun Hazel Noonan, who told them: "I hope you have a fantastic trip to Holland and you thoroughly enjoy yourselves - don't forget it is all about having fun.
When you find yourselves in front with a good goal, you think, 'well, maybe today is our day.
You shouldn't be cutting yourselves off from people you knew before you got together.
You can go up and teams can come down, but you just have to make sure that you get over that line yourselves.
Dine on a Thursday and bring your own bottle or treat yourselves to lunch for a staggeringly-good PS20 (two courses).
You cannot define yourselves based on your ethnicity which is different, or your religion which is also different or your culture which is similar yet not the same," Wohlers said in his speech before the students of the University of Southeast Europe.