shift for yourself

shift for (oneself)

To do things for oneself; to not rely on the help or patronage of someone else. It's no wonder that kids these days can't hold down meaningful jobs, when they're pampered from birth and can't shift for themselves by the time they leave school. You're going to have to learn to shift for yourself before you head off to college.
See also: shift

shift for yourself

manage as best you can without help.
See also: shift
References in classic literature ?
I don't often speak of myself," said John, "but as you are going away from us out into the world to shift for yourself I'll just tell you how I look on these things.
I'll just show you the playground, and then I'll leave you to shift for yourself.
Will you sign a paper to the effect that you shift for yourself as soon as you get to Dawson?
ReviewAt the end of the shift, it's always worth the time to do both a quick wrap-up with your crew and a reflection on the shift for yourself.