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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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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The poor Snakes soon comprehended the advantages thus held out to them, and promised to exert themselves to procure a quantity of beaver skins for future traffic.
Though none of the column commanders rode up to the ranks or talked to the men (the commanders, as we saw at the council of war, were out of humor and dissatisfied with the affair, and so did not exert themselves to cheer the men but merely carried out the orders), yet the troops marched gaily, as they always do when going into action, especially to an attack.
These, like the hired trappers, are bound to exert themselves to the utmost in taking beaver, which, without skinning, they render in at the trader's lodge, where a stipulated price for each is placed to their credit.
So seldom do they ever exert themselves, that when they do work they seem determined that so meritorious an action shall not escape the observation of those around if, for example, they have occasion to remove a stone to a little distance, which perhaps might be carried by two able-bodied men, a whole swarm gather about it, and, after a vast deal of palavering, lift it up among them, every one struggling to get hold of it, and bear it off yelling and panting as if accomplishing some mighty achievement.
There always comes a moment when the good you have done pleads your cause before God; and see, perhaps it is a happiness for you, humble and powerless as I am, that you have met with me, for if I leave this place, well-I have powerful friends, who, after having exerted themselves on my account, may also exert themselves for you."
Jessie made a sign to the boys to suppress their disappointment and exert themselves to please Rose's guest.
Curiously do they exert themselves, like an elephant which endeavoureth to stand upon its head.
If her friends don't exert themselves, there will be a worse business than the Casaubon business yet."
It is always a balance between trying to avoid further depressing the respiratory system and keeping a patient calm, so they do not exert themselves too much.
Dylan Groenewegen claimed a sprint victory in Chalon-sur-Saone but only after a 230km stage seven from Belfort which took the peloton - hardly keen to exert themselves after Thursday's brutal day in the Vosges mountains and with the challenges of the Massif Central to come - more than six hours to tick off.
Rather the contention made by the court is that departments such as the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), and the Election Commission of PakA!istan (ECP) should not be timid, should exert themselves fully, and take greater proactive actions against groups like Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
That has led to speculation that City are feeling the pace of their Quadruple hunt, and are banking on getting in front and then coasting to victory without having to exert themselves.
"Let us return it to its miserable crudeness." "The time has come when religions should more actively exert themselves, with courage and audacity, and without pretense, to help the human family deepen the capacity for reconciliation, the vision of hope and the concrete paths of peace," he added.
Instead, that merely served as a wake-up call for City, who had barely needed to exert themselves in the first half.
Ms Tahira said the rally's cancellation encouraged extremists to exert themselves and that the whole episode turned out to be counterproductive.