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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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My message to all the people of Ibadan - whether indigenes or residents - is that we should ensure that our attitude, character, countenance and actions speak peace. When there is peace, we can achieve many things.
'Nation shall speak peace unto nation' is the motto of which organisation?
"People think the BBC's motto is, 'Educate, entertain and inform' when it's really, 'Nation shall speak peace unto nation.' If we don't understand war, how can there ever be a chance at peace?" Quentin, who studied politics at Edinburgh University, admits that although the images of explosions and rocket attacks tell their own story, human suffering tells the whole tale.
"Nation shall speak peace unto nation": great words from a great institution, anathema to Murdoch and his acolytes.
"So as we speak peace in Addis Ababa, the rebels continue to violate the ceasefire.
Which British institution has the motto 'Nation shall speak peace unto nation'?
Curiously, the famous BBC motto "Nation shall speak peace unto nation" was not originally a part of the coat of arms and is thought to have been inspired by the well-known Old Testament passage about beating swords into ploughshares which continues: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
So I speak peace to the Muslims of Middlesbrough, even them my neighbours, but your claims on God are not mine.
God "will speak peace to his people" if they turn to him (Psalm 85:8).
Perhaps we could do worse than remember that when the BBC was first born in 1932 its motto was that Nation shall speak peace unto Nation.
Together we can build a world where our voices speak peace, peace for all people.
I knew I had to think peace, speak peace, and act peacefully in my statements about the war.
Sir, - As a survivor of the Second World War, I make a plea for a public campaign in support of the principles of the United Nations charter, "Let Nations Speak Peace to Nations".
Which is rather embarrassing as far as the BBC's own motto, "Nation shall speak peace unto nation" is concerned.