Definition of paddle one's own canoe in English:

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paddle one's own canoe

informal Be independent and self-sufficient: she plunged into work, she’d got to paddle her own canoe
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  • As a single parent in the 80s, working full time and paying for childcare, paddling my own canoe, could I possibly ask Gina Waite to sent me a form so I could apply for ‘back pamper pay’?
  • We received very little guidance from the head office of the DM, which had no form of constitution for branches, and we have very largely paddled our own canoe.
  • If there is any such thing as justice the county councillors will row in behind us on this one, but if not then we are going to have to go and paddle our own canoe all the way to the Boundary Commission.
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