make (oneself) heard

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make (oneself) heard

1. Literally, to speak with a loud enough voice that others will be able to hear one in the midst of other voices or background sounds. Everyone was shouting all at once, so I could barely make myself heard at the meeting. She tried to make herself heard above the dun of the party, but no one was listening.
2. To have one's opinion, beliefs, or desires understood, validated, or acquiesced to. Working-class voters made themselves heard very clearly this election, electing a huge number of candidates who have promised to represent their views in congress. If you try to take on the huge corporate lobbyists in this country, you had better have a truckload of cash at your disposal or you'll never make yourself heard.
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make oneself heard

to speak loudly so that one will be heard above background noise. I had to shout to make myself heard. He screamed to make himself heard over the sound of the plane's engines.
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"We certainly made ourselves heard at Upton Park, and as we left the ground, the home supporters were slapping us on the back and saying how well Town had played.
It's about time that we made ourselves heard. The warm waters of the Gulf will be around long after we're gone but as Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The one thing I want to leave my children is an honourable name".
We've made ourselves heard and raised the profile of the case.'' Mr Sloan's words were echoed by Mrs De Mas.
We made ourselves heard, and people are starting to listen.