make up one's mind

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make up one's mind (third-person singular simple present makes up one's mind, present participle making up one's mind, simple past and past participle made up one's mind)

  1. (idiomatic) To decide; to reach a conclusion.
    I can't make up my mind whether to have ice cream or cake.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published 1919, →OCLC:
      "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I'd be a big man some day, and—I'm glad I didn't steal."

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