exert (oneself)

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exert (oneself)

To make a concerted effort to do something. With the poor grades you've gotten so far, you're really going to have to exert yourself to get a C this semester.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

exert oneself

Put oneself to strenuous effort, as in We exerted ourselves mightily to raise funds. [First half of 1700s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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They got off well together, the hare at the top of her speed, the Tortoise, who had no other intention than making his antagonist exert herself, going very leisurely.
Emily appeared to be unwilling to exert herself. She preferred talking of the weather.
Elinor, too, was deeply afflicted; but still she could struggle, she could exert herself. She could consult with her brother, could receive her sister-in-law on her arrival, and treat her with proper attention; and could strive to rouse her mother to similar exertion, and encourage her to similar forbearance.
She was actually forced to exert herself to meet Lady Russell with anything like the appearance of equal solicitude, on topics which had by nature the first claim on her.
From a very early age, too, she had to exert herself in another capacity; she had to counsel and help and generally sustain her mother.
"I prefer always reading what you like best to hear," said Dorothea, who told the simple truth; for what she dreaded was to exert herself in reading or anything else which left him as joyless as ever.
He would not let her exert herself. It was a pleasure to do things for her, and she had no desire to do what somebody else seemed desirous to do for her.
But she was certainly strengthening more rapidly than I could have ventured to anticipate, and she was able to send kind messages to Lady Glyde, saying that she was fast getting well, and entreating her ladyship not to exert herself again too soon.
She kept much at home when the day's work was done, finding it pleasanter to sit dreaming over book or sewing alone, than to exert herself even to go to the Shaws'.
There were medications she could take, but the most consistent medical advice she seemed to receive was that she had to slow down, not overly exert herself, and watch her stress.
While governance is becoming difficult in post truth era, the state has to exert herself to avoid strategic chaos and Black Swans, if in doubt, please look at those states who became redundant for their leadership could not see writing on the wall.
She said if she has the energy to exert herself she often finds herself unable to talk or move just 20 minutes later.
History.com's (http://www.history.com/specials/nostradamus-election-2016/pages/nostradamus-election-2016-quatrains) translation  tells of the "The masculine woman" who would "exert herself to the north," and also of "The great shameless, audacious bawler, / He will be elected governor of the army: / The boldness of his contention, / The bridge broken, the faint from fear."
Saina Nehwal was in one such quandary towards the end of the year when she continued to exert herself despite nursing niggles and pains.
"Today, women more and more want to exert herself in their field of work and in leadership positions Now more than ever, abhaya and sheila reveal the identity of the wearer - be it their social status or financial affluence," said Mutwalli.