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.
See also: hear, make
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And we need to practice democracy as individuals: getting involved, making ourselves heard, voting, improving our corner of the world.
Democracy's gift is that we strengthen it by practicing it by getting involved, making ourselves heard, and engaging with our communities.
By making ourselves heard and arguing for what's fair, we can help reshape the industry for the future so that it serves the interests of those who want to make new music as well as those who want to hear new music."
But the theme of the Making Ourselves Heard event was the contribution that senior citizens can make to society.
Organised by Age Concern Warwickshire, the Making Ourselves Heard event was letting elderly people make their views known.