speak for oneself

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speak for oneself (third-person singular simple present speaks for oneself, present participle speaking for oneself, simple past spoke for oneself, past participle spoken for oneself)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see speak,‎ for. To provide an opinion only on one's own behalf.
    I'm here speaking for myself, not for my company.
  2. (idiomatic) Expressing disagreement with an opinion expressed by another.
    Speak for yourself! I think it's a great idea.
  3. To have obvious meaning; to require no explanation.
    His fantastic record as a manager speaks for itself.
    His actions speak for themselves.

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  • In the imperative especially (speak for yourself!), this term has a context of "I don't agree" or "believe what you like", hinting that the statement may be true for the speaker, but is not for all the group.

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