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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!
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assert oneself

To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
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Gaylor, on the other hand, is staking a lot on taxpayer standing, noting that while the plaintiffs are all Foundation staffers, they assert the fight to sue as taxpayers.
Companies are looking for real numbers," asserts Scofidio.
Environmentalists don't like that it's voluntary, "but it's the most efficient way of meeting the targets and time tables," he asserts.
Yancey asserts that the "Americanization" movement competed with racism and emphasized the need for immigrants to fit into American society, speak English, avoid ethnic organizations, and lose vestiges of their former cultures in the move toward preserving the stability of the dominant Anglo American culture.
Part Two, "White Abolitionists and Violent Means," asserts by its title that some whites that abhorred slavery considered violence.
There's no question in my mind that where we played for the love of the game and in many ways felt very privileged and lucky to do it, the guys today play for the money," asserts the former defensive end who led his teams to five NFL titles in the 1960s.
But this rhetorical association would hardly have caused all wonders whatever, for the rest of the Middle Ages, to be tinged with the fear of eternal damnation, as she asserts (39-48).
As a metanarrative, Keller asserts, apocalypse has taken hold of us whether or not we locate ourselves in communities with biblical traditions.
When a tenant asserts a partial or total constructive eviction as a defense to the non-payment or rent, the tenant's refusal to pay rent constitutes an election of remedies, and the tenant has no claim for damages.
Hominids had to react nimbly each time the environmental rug was pulled out from under their feet, Potts asserts.
The first, relating to the actual use of deadly force, asserts that because an officer's decision to use deadly force violated the department's policy the action constitutes an unreasonable use of force under the Fourth Amendment.
Employing hysterical language, the booklet asserts that unless Americans embrace fundamentalism, the country will be plagued with terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Moses asserts that, in essence, the great Civil Rights leader came to recognize that "capitalism, with its profiteering values, fails to nurture a healthy community.
Two out of three of [Bradley's] arguments are completely out the window," asserts Joseph L.