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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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He'll be missing one of these mornings, and will have gone away upon some wild-goose errand, seeking his fortune.
The cast of the classic tale of the lad seeking his fortune in London includes Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Nigel Havers and Ashley Banjo and Diversity.
SEEKING HIS FORTUNE Dick Whittington is the one to beat
Into this world comes 17-year-old Micah, literally seeking his fortune in the fabled wealth it holds for the returner.
But primarily they will find a cracking tale - almost an old-fashioned storyteller's account of a young man seeking his fortune on the other side of the world.
The president is introduced in a scene titled ``The Actors'' as ``a snappish young man, seeking his fortune in the oil-rich Permian Basin of West Texas who will one day, like 46 percent of his fellow Americans, say he has been born again.
pl") marbles together recent Polish history with the story of an aspiring actor from the sticks, much like pic's own director, who arrives in Warsaw seeking his fortune in the late '80s and grows to disappointed maturity there.
Seeking his fortune, he wrote it in an upstairs room of The Dove pub on the banks of the Thames in 1740.
Timothy Spall is Simon Graham, Algren's British interpreter; Billy Connolly stars as Sergeant Zebulah Gant, a close friend of Algren's; and Tony Goldwyn plays Colonel Benjamin Bagley, a Civil War veteran seeking his fortune in Japan.