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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I must have been very ill employed, if I could not leave its merits and demerits as a whole, to express themselves on its being read as a whole.
Kipling and a good many others have demonstrated the fact that animals can express themselves in remunerative English, and no magazine goes to press nowadays without an animal story in it, except the old-style monthlies that are still running pictures of Bryan and the Mont Pelee horror.
Both Imagination and Fancy naturally express themselves, often and effectively, through the use of metaphors, similes, and suggestive condensed language.
The poet knows that he speaks adequately then only when he speaks somewhat wildly, or, "with the flower of the mind;" not with the intellect used as an organ, but with the intellect released from all service and suffered to take its direction from its celestial life; or as the ancients were wont to express themselves, not with intellect alone but with the intellect inebriated by nectar.
The painter, the sculptor, the composer, the epic rhapsodist, the orator, all partake one desire, namely to express themselves symmetrically and abundantly, not dwarfishly and fragmentarily.
Yet, though love manifests itself in such different ways that no pair of lovers since the world began is like any other pair before or since, they all express themselves after the same fashion, and the same words are on the lips of every girl, even of the most innocent, convent-bred maiden--the only difference lies in the degree of imaginative charm in their ideas.
They express themselves, and I leave them to themselves.
Through all the good taste of her dress and little adornments, these objections so express themselves that she seems to go about like a very neat she-wolf imperfectly tamed.
It is true that, now and then, when he had been a little heated by an extra glass of grog, he had been heard to say of Hetty that the "lass was well enough," and that "a man might do worse"; but on convivial occasions men are apt to express themselves strongly.
It's tailor-made for youthful pioneers who are dream chasers and those who express themselves to create new trends,"OPPO Kenya Communications Manager Muthoni Wachira said in the statement.
Mattie Kenny's tactics were criticised after the League semi-final loss to Limerick, when he used Sean Moran (above) as a sweeper, but he says hurlers from the capital can express themselves as well as anyone.
In To be You, aside from the written word, art has become a medium for young people to express themselves, and it's strong enough to convey their thoughts, ideals and convictions.
Summary: Rajkot (Gujarat) [India], Oct 2 (ANI): Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said that the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies is an opportunity for the young players to prove their credibility and express themselves freely on the field.
In the summer sunshine, revellers headed to Sackville Gardens in Manchester's Gay Village for the free annual festival which aims to offer a safe space for anyone who identifies on the transgender spectrum to express themselves.