express (oneself)

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express (oneself)

To share one's thoughts or feelings in a particular way, often through art. I use art therapy as a way to get children to express themselves.
See also: express
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express oneself

Reveal or portray one's feelings or views through speech, writing, some form of art, or behavior. For example, I find it hard to express myself in Italian, or Helen expresses herself through her painting, or Teenagers often express themselves through their attire, haircuts, and the like. [Mid-1500s]
See also: express
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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of us, under the easy circumstance of our own weakness, remains another way most easily to express ourselves for the purpose of eliminating from the world the cruelty that is practised by some few of us, for the entertainment of the rest of us, on the trained animals, who, after all, are only lesser animals than we on the round world's surface.
If we express ourselves thus accurately, at any rate the terms are reciprocally connected, for the 'ruddered' thing is 'ruddered' in virtue of its rudder.
Nothing so arid as these reliefs, nothing so sad as these ruins of mountains, and (if we may so express ourselves) these fragments of peaks and mountains which strewed the soil.
Blessingbourne conceded without heeding it; "but that's the way we express ourselves in my part of the country."
Weston, you and I must be cautious how we express ourselves. But I do flatter myself, my dear Jane, that my influence is not entirely worn out.
We keep apart when we have quarrelled, express ourselves in well-bred phrases, and in this way preserve a dignified alienation, showing much firmness on one side, and swallowing much grief on the other.
We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.
Morrel attributed Penelon's embarrassment to the elegance of his attire; it was evident the good fellow had not gone to such an expense on his own account; he was, no doubt, engaged on board some other vessel, and thus his bashfulness arose from the fact of his not having, if we may so express ourselves, worn mourning for the Pharaon longer.
"We've got two (warm-up) games left, we have to get out and express ourselves, we have to get out and play the game.
"We are all interested in freedom of expression, and we must raise the voice and call for the right to express ourselves," Lassen said, reiterating the EU's constant efforts to promote free media.
'We are just here to express ourselves and not for political reasons.
"I just think we are both free-flowing batsmen who go out there, express ourselves and look to take it to the bowlers.
Responding to a question about the discussion on Faizabad fiasco in which Raza participated, she had said that everyone was frustrated about the debacle, adding, We have a right to express ourselves. No state institution has a right to pick up a person on the basis of criticism, she had also said.
We're wild, we're free, we like to attack, to run, to get out there and express ourselves.