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.
See also: hear, make

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.
See also: hear, make
References in classic literature ?
The ape-man's new friend finally succeeded in making himself heard, and when he had done talking the men and women of the village vied with one another in doing honor to the strange creature who had saved their fellow and battled single-handed with fierce Numa.
The performance of the midfield pleased Petty, with scrum-half Adam Shaw turning in a man-of-the-match performance, and fly-half Rickie Aley making himself heard and starting to take control, as well as rediscovering his kicking from both out of hand and from the tee, with three conversions and a penalty.
CLINT DEMPSEY has been making himself heard at the World Cup - and will make even more noise when it is over.
MAKING HIMSELF HEARD: Wayne Rooney escaped a ban despite a recent outburst, while Pools skipper Micky Nelson (inset) says he was sworn at by the referee during his side's match against Southend at Roots Hall