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independent as a hog on ice

Unable to be controlled. The phrase was originally used in the sport of curling to describe the movement of the stones on the ice. I want to keep this meeting from happening, but it's independent as a hog on ice now, with so many people involved. I worry about my daughter's rebelliousness, but she's as independent as a hog on ice—there's no stopping her from doing what she wants to do.
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independent of

Excluding (something); without taking something into account. My contract was written independent of overtime—I got a higher base salary instead. I need you to make a decision independent of your personal feelings on this issue.
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In his studies of about 100 centenarians in Iowa, Martin observed similar health in those living independently and those in nursing homes.
Teams in the United States, Europe, and Japan are collaborating to study whether cultural factors and living conditions affect which centenarians are in relatively good health and living independently, while others are physically or mentally impaired.
Work systems or work lists help to organize the adults in order to function independently with daily tasks at home or at work.
Table 15: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Hydropower Generation by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and Middle East Markets Independently Analyzed with Hydroelectric Power Generation in Billion kWh for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-61
Situation 2 differs from Situation 1 only in that the acquisition merger, if viewed independently of the upstream merger, would qualify as a Sec.
By age 30, 14 percent of mentally retarded women living independently and 6 percent of nonretarded women had committed at least one registered offense.
Table 2: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Cardiac Biomarkers by Geographic Region - US, Europe, and Rest of the World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ million for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-49
In August, CNPC independently developed hydrocracking catalyst PHC-03 was successful put into industrial application at a 1.
Mold pre-heaters for tire curing presses reduce press downtime after mold changing, provide good heat conductivity, feature a standard design for passenger and light truck molds, and offer molds that are independently inserted and removed, according to the company.
When it came time to write a section that dealt with the evolution of eyes, Gehring unhesitatingly recited the traditional view that eyes had evolved independently dozens of times.
To be blunt, in our rush to ``reform'', we have so totally rigged California's electoral system in favor of independently wealthy candidates and incumbents, that it is now truly difficult, if not impossible, to describe our electoral process as open and fair, with a straight face.
Global Market Perspective II-34 Table 5: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Discrete Diodes by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-34
The project, known as Harbour Community, is designed to help women learn to live independently.
Additionally, Du Pont will independently market PPDI monomer and Uniroyal Chemical will independently manufacture and market the PPDI prepolymer.
Table 1: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Apnea Monitors by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and Latin America Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-27
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