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Forget Oneself

What Does "Forget Oneself" Mean?

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"Forget oneself" is an English idiom. It means "to behave in a manner that is different from one's usual character, often negatively."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "forget oneself" used in a sentence:
  • She forgot herself and made a rude comment at the dinner table.
  • He usually is very patient, but he forgot himself when dealing with the frustrating situation.
  • After too many drinks, she forgot herself and started dancing on the table.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Forget Oneself" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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