take it upon (oneself) to (do something)

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take it upon (oneself) to (do something)

To decide to do something even though it is not one's responsibility. I took it upon myself to print out these information packets for the meeting since I knew the data might be confusing. The kids took it upon themselves to wash your car—I'm so proud of them for doing it without being told!
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Dick Cheney, who might volunteer for the duty, also dumped on the Times, saying that "some of the news media take it upon themselves to disclose vital national security programs.