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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exert oneself

Put oneself to strenuous effort, as in We exerted ourselves mightily to raise funds. [First half of 1700s]
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According to the theoretical model of Face and Favor, parents of expressive ties are "where oneself comes from;" one has to exert oneself to repay the parents' favor of birth throughout one's whole life.
Yet it seems odd (to say the least) that one would exert oneself to defend Dreyfus against the more unsavory aspects of French tradition without invoking universal principles.