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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They've taken it upon themselves to make sure downloads are done at 3 a.
Indeed, most of them just want the phenomenon to vanish; time hasn't done it in, so they have taken it upon themselves to eradicate it.
Since then, students have taken it upon themselves to do the best with what they have.
1 million bond measure allowing the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District to build a permanent high school campus, students have taken it upon themselves to do the best with what they have.
In one of the most blatant assaults on the First Amendment of the United States that this city has ever witnessed, some African-American liberals have taken it upon themselves to muzzle a top-rated African-American conservative radio talk-show host in one of the largest media markets in the entire country.
People like Martin Ferreira, whose son is a substitute teacher at Cohasset, have taken it upon themselves to get the work done a little sooner.