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be one's own man (or woman)

Definition of be one's own man or woman in English:

1Act independently and with confidence: I must show them that I am my own man, not merely my father’s shadow behind everything she did was a raw power that emphasized she was her own woman
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  • Gregory accepts the volatile nature of the industry but intends to be his own man and is confident of making a success of the job.
  • Now Russell, 48, is his own man and is beginning to exude a confidence and gentle humour that wasn't always to the fore when he was finance director.
  • For the first time in a long while he found himself able to walk to the docks with his head held high, confident in the knowledge that he was his own man once more.
2 archaic Be in full possession of one’s faculties.
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