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own British & World English

Used with a possessive to emphasize that someone or something belongs or relates to the person mentioned

own English Thesaurus

he has his own reasons

pull oneself up by one's bootstraps British & World English

Improve one’s position by one’s own efforts

feather one's nest British & World English

Make money for oneself in an opportunistic or selfish way

foul one's nest British & World English

Do something damaging or harmful to oneself or one’s own interests

be on someone's head British & World English

Be someone’s sole responsibility

one's kind British & World English

People with whom one has a great deal in common

find its level British & World English

(Of a liquid) reach the same height in containers which are interconnected

find one's level British & World English

(Of a person) reach a position that seems appropriate in relation to one’s associates

be one's lookout British & World English

Be a person’s own responsibility or problem

of one's making British & World English

(Of a difficulty) caused by oneself

at one's risk British & World English

Taking responsibility for one’s own safety or possessions

chase one's tail British & World English

Rush around ineffectually

write one's ticket British & World English

Dictate one’s own terms

blow one's trumpet British & World English

Talk boastfully about one’s achievements

own in very British & World English

Used to emphasize that the following description applies without qualification

get one's way British & World English

Get or do what one wants in spite of opposition

have it your way British & World English

Used to indicate angrily that although one disagrees with something said or proposed, one is not going to argue further

in someone/thing's way British & World English

If regarded from a particular standpoint appropriate to that person or thing

co-own British & World English

Own (something) jointly

own up British & World English

Admit to having done something wrong or embarrassing

God's own British & World English

Australian and NZ term for God's country.

own brand British & World English

A product manufactured specially for a retailer and bearing the retailer’s name

own goal British & World English

(In soccer) a goal scored when a player inadvertently strikes or deflects the ball into their own team’s goal

own-label British & World English

Another term for own brand.

part-own British & World English

Own (something) jointly with another or others

own affair British & World English

(In South Africa) a matter defined as being specific to a particular ethnic group, and controlled by that group through a chamber of the tricameral parliament

of one's own British & World English

Belonging to oneself alone

on one's own British & World English

Unaccompanied by others; alone or unaided

to call one's own British & World English

Used to describe something that one can genuinely feel belongs to one

hold one's own British & World English

Retain a position of strength in a challenging situation

pick-your-own British & World English

Relating to a system in which commercially grown fruit or vegetables are dug or picked by the customer for purchase at the place of production

roll one's own British & World English

Make one’s own cigarettes from loose tobacco

off one's own bat British & World English

At one’s own instigation; spontaneously

the devil's own —— British & World English

Used to emphasize the difficulty or seriousness of something

be one's own man British & World English

Act independently and with confidence

in one's own time British & World English

At a time and a rate decided by oneself

go one's own way British & World English

Act independently or as one wishes, especially against contrary advice

of one's own accord British & World English

Voluntarily or without outside intervention

get one's own back British & World English

Have one’s revenge; retaliate

dig one's own grave British & World English

Do something foolish which causes one’s downfall

on one's own ground British & World English

In one’s own territory or area of knowledge or experience

blow one's own horn British & World English

Talk boastfully about oneself or one’s achievements

know one's own mind British & World English

Be decisive and certain

live one's own life British & World English

Follow one’s own plans and principles independently of others

be one's own master British & World English

Be independent or free to do as one wishes

come into its own British & World English

Become fully effective, used, or recognized

be one's own person British & World English

Do or be what one wishes or in accordance with one’s own character rather than as influenced by others


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