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paddle (one's) own canoe

To be able to act independently. Now that you're 30, people expect you to paddle your own canoe—you can't just live with your parents forever.
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paddle one's own canoe

Fig. to do something by oneself; to be alone. I've been left to paddle my own canoe too many times. Sally isn't with us. She's off paddling her own canoe.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

paddle one's own canoe

Be independent and self-reliant, as in It's time Bill learned to paddle his own canoe. This idiom alludes to steering one's own boat. [c. 1800]
See also: canoe, own, paddle

paddle your own canoe

If you paddle your own canoe, you control what you want to do without anyone's help or interference. With no one managing him, he was basically left to paddle his own canoe. As far as the rest of Europe is concerned we've just got to paddle our own canoe.
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The keen eye of a lucky canoeist may spot an iridescent purple gallinule - with its bright blue head and teal feathers - walking on lily pads or even an alligator keeping its distance.
STAR VISITOR Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Scott visiting the Royal Mail depot in Team Valley
Holyhead Coastguard received a call from a member of the public who was fishing from the promenade at Colwyn Bay and thought they saw a canoeist in difficulty.
He was an experienced canoeist and knew what he was doing.
Back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin has complained to police that the family of a dead baby whose identity he stole as part of his fraud have been harassing him.
History appeared to be repeating itself for a moment when police were alerted by a member of the public that a canoeist had disappeared from sight off the seafront at dusk.
Another canoeist, who had been with him, managed to make his way to safety.
COVENTRY canoeist Stuart Martin tested his endurance skills by paddling 150 miles along the River Severn.
THERE was always something a little unlikely about portly Deputy PM John Prescott plunging into the raging rapids in Wales to rescue a drowning canoeist.
AN Army canoeist died in hospital and a colleague was seriously ill after their boat capsized off the Northern Ireland coast.
AN Army canoeist rescued after his boat capsized off the Co Down coast in freak weather lost his battle for life yesterday.
Police yesterday named a canoeist who died after he fell into a swollen river while trying to help a teenager in difficulty.
A TEENAGE canoeist who is bidding for Olympic glory has won an award.
Coroner's officials positively identified the body found floating in a bed of kelp off Channel Islands Harbor as that of canoeist Scott Sullenger, who was lost early this month when he swam away from his fellow crew members after their craft capsized.
com), designed the site to specifically exhibit an uncomplicated, clean look featuring evergreen trees, a canoeist, and the cry of Minnesotas state bird -- the loon.