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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As ze filming ran long and over budget, he took it upon himself to enroll in classes at Vidal Sassoon, enabling us to lose our very expensive hair and make-up department.
Eggers writes of the death of his parents, who both succumbed to cancer within weeks of one another, and how he, as a fresh college graduate, took it upon himself to bring up his 7-year-old brother.
It finally bit on a live waterdog after Glogow took it upon himself to walk to a nearby tackle shop and buy 6-pound line after realizing the fish was too line shy to approach the 10-pound monofilament he had on.