give of oneself

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.
See also: give, of
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]
See also: give, of
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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