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 ?
Most of the children hated "speaking pieces;" hated the burden of learning them, dreaded the danger of breaking down in them.
Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), a novel considered canonical in the post-unification nation-building literature, begins with a speaking piece of wood found in the workshop of a carpenter known as Master Ciliegia.
However, had Collodi wanted to represent the speaking piece of wood as a mere sign of animation and infantile vitality, the vocina could have just made a series of noises and achieved the same effect on Ciliegia.