speak (one's) piece

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speak (one's) piece

To share one's views or opinions out loud. Look, just give me five minutes to speak my piece, and then I'll leave you alone. You had your chance to speak your piece—now it's Sarah's turn.
See also: piece, speak

speak one's piece

Also, say one's piece. Say what one thinks, or what one usually says or is expected to say. For example, All right, you've spoken your piece; now let someone else have a turn. The piece in this expression alludes to a memorized poem or speech of the kind recited in a classroom. [Mid-1900s]
See also: piece, speak
References in classic literature ?
"See here," he would say, in the middle of an argument, "I've got a fellow right here in my place who's worked there and seen every bit of it!" And then Jurgis would drop his work, whatever it was, and come, and the other would say, "Comrade Jurgis, just tell these gentlemen what you saw on the killing-beds." At first this request caused poor Jurgis the most acute agony, and it was like pulling teeth to get him to talk; but gradually he found out what was wanted, and in the end he learned to stand up and speak his piece with enthusiasm.
Mayor soon will speak his piece for a price, San Antonio Express-News
The most telling moment of the film occurs near the end, when a weary Mckay attempts one last time to speak his piece, to clarify his actual position on the issues that do matter.
There will never again be a Jerry Murray who could speak his piece, in his way, without ever offending anyone.
True, The New Republic let Reddick speak his piece and, before the Brown decision, Look magazine did try to get United Nations official Ralph Bunche, formerly a professor at Howard University, to write on segregation in the schools.
When she comes back, he has an unsatisfactory encounter with her, and then one of his voices tells him to speak his piece in her father's church.