take it upon oneself

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take it upon oneself

Also, take on oneself. Undertake something, as in I took it upon myself to count the precise number of children in the audience, or She took it on herself to enter a convent. [Second half of 1400s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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