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feel like

1. To have the urge or desire to do something. Where do you feel like going to dinner?
2. To feel the urge or desire to have something. I just feel like a burger and fries, nothing fancy.
3. To feel as one usually does. In this usage, "like" is followed by a reflexive pronoun. I'm finally starting to feel like myself again, after battling that cold for weeks.
4. To have a particular sensation or tactile experience. What does it feel like to win in your home town? It feels like leather, but it's synthetic. I've always wondered what weightlessness feels like.
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feel like oneself

1. Also, feel oneself. Sense oneself as being in a normal state of health or spirits. For example, I'm finally over the flu and feel like myself again, or He doesn't know what's wrong but he doesn't feel himself. The antonym is not feel oneself, that is, "feel unwell." [Mid-1800s] Also see feel up to.
2. feel like new. Also, feel like a new person. Have a renewed sense of well-being, especially after something has happened, such as recovery from illness or receiving good news. For example, The surgery went very well, and he now feels like new, or I am so relieved at the news, I feel like a new person.
3. feel like a million. Be in the best of health or good spirits. For example, After winning that prize I feel like a million. The million alludes to a million dollars. Also see look like a million dollars; on top of the world.
See also: feel, like
References in classic literature ?
"Oh, it's terrible to feel oneself so in this man's power," thought Rostov.
What enjoyment it would be to feel oneself thus suspended in ether, more favored than the birds who must use their wings to keep themselves up!"
To feel oneself meaningfully linked to the whole of Being is not possible before puberty.
Indeed, to stand in any part of Yosemite is to feel oneself transported to a different epoch.
One can almost feel oneself sway to the evocative rhyming verses in this gentle book.
I think it's incumbent upon us to participate in the creation of the world, to feel oneself at the center of creation," he said.
The betrayal, which he described as providential, forced Auden "to know in person what it is like to feel oneself the prey of demonic powers, in both the Greek and the Christian sense, stripped of self-control and self-respect, behaving like a ham actor in a Strindberg play" (qtd.
His loneliness bewildered him for a minute, in the bleak perspective of the bachelors' corridor: a sense close to panic that he didn't belong in this house with these people." He doesn't--and Hollinghurst's subtle reinforcement of this fact is so relentless that three-quarters of the way through this extremely witty book one may feel oneself strangely weary, as if the cocaine that eats away at its characters is eating away at you, too.
To feel oneself held and cherished and accompanied, and yet to be alone.
To read this book is to feel oneself on Chandler's side of the table during the many conversations, to feel as though one has found a friend.
It is rather surprising to read a book which argues that 'Nineteen Eighty-Four is in many ways simply an underlining of the gloomier predictions of Brideshead Revisited' (169), even more surprising, perhaps, to feel oneself a poor reader of novels because one had not noticed how obvious the connection is.
As ever with James's work, to read American Civilization is to feel oneself in the company of a great mind and a generous spirit.