give of (oneself or something)

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give of (oneself or something)

To dedicate or devote oneself or something to some cause or goal. I'm impressed that the CEO gave of his millions so freely. No wonder she's exhausted—she really gives of herself every time she takes the stage.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give of oneself

to be generous with one's time and concern. Tom is very good with children because he gives of himself. If you want to have more friends, you have to learn to give of yourself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give of oneself

Give time and energy to an unselfish pursuit. For example, The minister's sermons always emphasize giving of oneself to the less fortunate. [c. 1920]
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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.

give of

v.
1. To devote or contribute something: She really gave of her time to help.
2. To devote oneself to something. Used reflexively: They give of themselves to improve the quality of education.
See also: give, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
It would be tedious to relate the several steps by which I advanced to a more regular conversation; but the first account I gave of myself in any order and length was to this purpose:
I self-sacrificially gave of myself to the building of God's kingdom on earth.
We're a new country.' My father said, 'I gave of myself to the country, I fought, I gave what was expected of me as a patriot.
At his first award night he told me, "I never knew that if I gave of myself and really worked hard, I would receive far more back than I could ever expect!" What a beautiful smile he had, clutching his certificates for most improved student!