forget (oneself)

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forget (oneself)

To behave in an impolite or unrestrained manner. Sure, sometimes I forget myself and snap at the kids, but doesn't every mother?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

forget oneself

to forget one's manners or training. (Said in formal situations in reference to belching, bad table manners, and, in the case of very young children, pants-wetting.) Sorry, Mother, I forgot myself. John, we are going out to dinner tonight. Please don't forget yourself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

forget oneself

Lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint; do or say something out of keeping with one's position or character. For example, A teacher should never forget herself and shout at the class. Shakespeare used it in Richard II (3:2): "I had forgot myself: am I not king?" [Late 1500s]
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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.

forget (oneself)

To lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint.
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.
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Was it not our duty, our best expression of gratitude, to forget ourselves, and to think only of HER?
The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle.
class="MsoNormalWe forget ourselves, we don't learn to hear ourselves and many times we don't really know what we want.
Walking fuels a return to the senses, activates our imaginative capacities, and helps us to forget ourselves. It also helps us access the real in an increasingly virtualised world.
Unlike the selfish husband in the story above, Jesus teaches us to forget ourselves and to go the 'extra mile' for others.
Many of us forget ourselves in the process of making a living...like forgetting to actually LIVE.
We tend to forget ourselves when we are absorbed in doing things for others.
"With communication and making ourselves aware not to forget ourselves and each other in the chaos.
"With all the shopping that we do for others, it is important that we don't forget ourselves," commented Lina Andrade from MyReviewsNow.net.
We forget ourselves and just make a record that works."
This custom reflects the awareness that it is difficult to make ourselves happy unless we can, at least in part, forget ourselves. This is surely what lies behind the custom of drinking alcoholit is a desire to shed some of our inhibitions and our painful self-awareness.
It can also be the oblivion of ecstasy - a moment when we forget ourselves in a contemplative state, or when we are doing something that temporarily obliterates the conscious mind.
Kicks in like a ball, Our life is here, In each moment, To give out, Then we forget ourselves, And then the day, Is nearly done, Crazy days, coming to an end.
Let us not forget ourselves in the midst of high-rise buildings, new highways, airports, and the freedom of today.
When we laugh, we completely forget ourselves because we are focusing.