seek (one's) fortune

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seek (one's) fortune

To attempt to make a living or become rich by leaving one's home or original location. She worked as an assistant in the firm for several years before she finally left to seek her fortune as an independent contractor. I felt trapped in such a small town, where opportunities were very scarce for young people, so as soon as I turned 18, I packed up my belongings and moved to New York City to seek my fortune.
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seek your ˈfortune

(literary) try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place: At the age of twenty, he decided to emigrate and seek his fortune in Canada. ▶ ˈfortune seeker noun
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References in classic literature ?
During his sea faring days he had cruised the South Seas, and he determined now to seek his fortune there.
He had wandered to this remote region from his birthplace in the interior of the State of New York, to seek his fortune.
The hero was a young Dane, who was going up among the fiords to seek his fortune in the northern fisheries; and by a process inevitable in youth I became identified with him, so that I adventured, and enjoyed, and suffered in his person throughout.
After struggling with his school for more than a year, Johnson resolved to give it up and go to London, there to seek his fortune.
The reader will be pleased to remember, that we left Mr Jones, in the beginning of this book, on his road to Bristol; being determined to seek his fortune at sea, or rather, indeed, to fly away from his fortune on shore.
Not to be always selfish, talking of my son, who has gone to seek his fortune and to find a wife--when do you mean to seek YOUR fortune and to find a husband, Miss Summerson?
Still casting about for some plausible means of accounting for their non-appearance, and of persuading himself that they must soon return, he bent his steps towards home, intending to finish the task which the sudden recollection of his contract had interrupted, and then to sally forth once more to seek his fortune for the day.
She would not now have left Fairy-Land, but to help and counsel her wild companion, Thistledown, who, discontented with his quiet home, WOULD seek his fortune in the great world, and she feared he would suffer from his own faults for others would not always be as gentle and forgiving as his kindred.
In his early manhood, apparently between 1586 and 1588, Shakspere left Stratford to seek his fortune in London.
Astor determined to follow him, and to seek his fortunes in the rising country.
Boisterous, unruly, and tyrannical, he despised all her counsel, and would none of her reproof; and, at an early age, broke from her, to seek his fortunes at sea.
Born in Scotland in 1861 to humble beginnings, Robertson emigrated to Canada and then America to seek his fortune.
With Jamie Mack in the title role and a cast of 20, the colourful show tells how Dick travels to London to seek his fortune.
The realisation prompts him to embark on an adventure into the big, wide world and seek his fortune while trying to find his place in life.
Jack's just a wee lad fae Fife on his way to the big city to seek his fortune with his old cow for company when events take a dramatic turn.