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feel (like) (oneself)
To feel as one normally does, physically or emotionally. I'm finally starting to feel like myself again after my bout with the flu. Marcy has been struggling with depression lately—I hope she feels herself again soon.
See also: feel
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 someone or something
to have the feel of someone or something; to seem to be someone or something according to feel or touch. Whoever this is feels like Tom. Sort of soft and pudgy. This thing feels like a rubber hose, not a hot dog.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Have an inclination or desire for, as in I feel like going out tonight, or Do you feel like steak for dinner? [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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.
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.
1. To desire to do something: We all got bored and felt like leaving. I feel like ordering a cup of coffee.
2. To desire to have something: I feel like a cup of coffee.
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feel like (oneself)
To sense oneself as being in one's normal state of health or spirits: I just don't feel like myself today.
To have an inclination or desire for: felt like going for a walk.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.