off (one's) own bat

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off (one's) own bat

Without prompting from another. If you want to make more money, you'll have to take on new clients off your own bat. Susie didn't wait for her parents to tell her to take out the garbage. She did it off her own bat.
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off your own bat

BRITISH
If you do something off your own bat, you choose to do it and no one else tells you to do it. Whatever she did, she did off her own bat. It was nothing to do with me. Note: In cricket, players can score runs either by hitting the ball themselves, or when their partner hits it, or when the ball is not hit at all but goes beyond the wicket.
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off your own bat

at your own instigation; spontaneously. British
The bat referred to in this phrase is a cricket bat.
1995 Colin Bateman Cycle of Violence She doesn't have me doing anything, Marty. It's all off my own bat.
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ˌoff your own ˈbat

(British English, informal) independently, without the encouragement or help of others: Nobody had even tried to persuade Tim to give up smoking; he did it off his own bat.
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Vic Laffey, defending, said: "The situation developed many years ago when her husband determined off his own bat that he would leave work and start doing a college degree.
He was given two days off after the match on Saturday and went home with his family and I think he went in off his own bat.
I don't know whether Trevor Bayliss had a word, or Cook has done it off his own bat, but this has been the best display of captaincy he has ever put on.
The 29-year-old missed a simple catch to remove Kumar Sangakkara, who went on to score 112 in his final one-day international on his home ground, then mustered a solitary run in reply off his own bat.
Defence barrister Mr Francis Laird QC, questioned the officer and asked him if he had taken the remark out of context, to which PC Dodd replied: "He gave the information off his own bat.
However, four members of the county board executive have cried foul, claiming that a process for appointing the manager was agreed on Friday night only for McNicholas to effectively install Connelly and Holmes off his own bat the following day.
Yorker concerns But Dhoni might still have won the game off his own bat.
THE story of the 89-year-old D-Day veteran, who travelled to the 70th Anniversary Commemorations in France, having left his care home without telling anyone, makes one believe that he should not have had to do all this off his own bat.
Richards rates Kevin Pietersen as the one 'tour de force' in the game who can win contests off his own bat and warned Australia to find an answer in Watson, who will be batting at No.
He took decisions, such as the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, off his own bat.
He got this opportunity with Raymond Blanc off his own bat and we can't wait how to hear all about it when he gets back to college.
He has the ability to score goals off his own bat but a lot are from inside the box from people delivering the ball to him.
Paul Askew, a long-time owner with Terry Mills, often relies on the advice of assistant Richard Ryan when buying yearlings, but he bought the two-year-old maiden winner Carina Nebula off his own bat.
He has managed to win a lot of games off his own bat whether it be in Test matches or controlling one-day games," Australian captain Ricky Ponting said.
There was also a candid face-to-face with chairman Jim McGrory, who had been accused of signing striker Crawford McRae off his own bat.