speak for yourself


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speak for (oneself)

1. An imperative to express one's opinion as one's own, and not represent it as being indicative of anyone else's. The phrase is said when there is disagreement. A: "We just love traveling." B: "Speak for yourself—I think it's exhausting."
2. To express oneself, as opposed to letting others speak for oneself or remaining silent. She needs to speak for herself—I'm not a mind-reader!
See also: speak

speak for yourself

INFORMAL
If you say Speak for yourself when someone has said something, you mean that you do not agree with them, or that what they have said only applies to them. `We're not blaming you,' Kate said. `Speak for yourself,' Boris muttered. `We love you, too,' Cooper said. `Hey, speak for yourself,' Sasha told her.
See also: speak

speak for yourself

give your own opinions.
The exclamation speak for yourself! indicates to someone that an opinion they have expressed is not shared by yourself and is resented.
See also: speak

speak for yourˈself

(spoken, informal) used to tell somebody that a general statement they have just made is not true of you: ‘We didn’t play very well.’ ‘Speak for yourself!’ (= I think that I played well).
See also: speak
References in classic literature ?
Speak for yourself, you will say, and for your miseries in your underground holes, and don't dare to say all of us--excuse me, gentlemen, I am not justifying myself with that "all of us.
Here there are too many whom you can hide behind; but with her you will be forced to speak for yourself.
It is your opportunity to state your plan of care if you are suddenly unable to speak for yourself, such as if you have a stroke or fall into a coma.
Then share your wishes with someone in your life and empower that person to speak for you in medical situations where you can't speak for yourself.
Tell them that, when you can no longer speak for yourself, you will urgently need them to be there to speak and act for you.
Speak for yourself, not the organization (since you are not in control of what others do or say.
An advance medical directive provides information on what types of care you want to receive if you are unable to speak for yourself.
An advocate can help in a number of ways -- for instance, making sure you are comfortable, getting information from the doctor or nurse, helping you make decisions about treatment and speaking for you if you aren't able to speak for yourself.
The directives only take effect in the event a traumatic health event puts you in a position where you can't speak for yourself.
Also, try to speak for yourself by saying 'I feel' or 'I think', avoiding saying 'You do this, you do that'.
FRIENDSHIP FIX: Never lose sight of your own integrity, and learn how to speak for yourself within your group.
YOU can only speak for yourself so, if you're being asked to comment on how a friend or partner might feel about a situation, explain that it's not your place to say.
Advanced Health Care Directive- Also known as a living will, this document specifies your healthcare wishes if you are incapacitated in an accident and unable to speak for yourself.
ACP is planning for a time when you need medical care but are unable to speak for yourself.
Her Speak For Yourself album features heavily in US hit TV series The OC.