sow (one's) wild oats

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sow (one's) wild oats

To engage in rebelliousness or promiscuity, typically in one's youth before settling down. Bill and I had to break up because I was looking to get married, and he just wanted to sow his wild oats. You can't sow your wild oats forever! Soon, you'll want a wife and a house, and you'll regret the things you're doing now.
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sow one's wild oats

to do wild and foolish things in one's youth. (often assumed to have some sort of sexual meaning.) Jack was out sowing his wild oats last night, and he's in jail this morning. Mrs. smith told Mr. smith that he was too old to be sowing his wild oats.
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sow one's wild oats

Behave foolishly, immoderately or promiscuously when young, as in Brad has spent the last couple of years sowing his wild oats, but now he seems ready to settle down . This expression alludes to sowing inferior wild oats instead of good cultivated grain, the verb sowing-that is, "planting seed"-in particular suggesting sexual promiscuity. [Mid-1500s]
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sow your wild oats

RUDE
If someone, especially a young man, sows their wild oats, they have many sexual relationships which are not serious and do not last long. This survey shows that men see nothing wrong in sowing their wild oats before settling down. To settle down with the first man you met means you haven't had a chance to sow your wild oats. Note: In this expression, the behaviour of young people is compared to someone sowing wild oats, which cannot be eaten, on good ground instead of edible oats.
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sow your wild oats

go through a period of wild or promiscuous behaviour while young.
Wild oats are weeds found in cornfields which resemble cultivated oats: spending time sowing them would be a foolish or useless activity. The expression has been current since the late 16th century; from the mid 16th to the early 17th century, wild oat was also used as a term for a dissolute young man.
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sow your wild ˈoats

(informal) (usually used of young men) enjoy yourself before you get married and settle down: The problem is that he never sowed his wild oats before he got married, and he wants to sow them now. Wild oats are weeds that grow in fields and look like real oats. Sowing them would be a silly or useless activity.
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References in classic literature ?
For the nonce, however, he proposed to sail about, and sow his wild oats in all four oceans.
He will sow his wild oats," she would say, "and is worth far more than that puling hypocrite of a brother of his.
He wants gravity and steadiness; he must sow his wild oats, and then perhaps he'll become in time a respectable member of society.
Wanting to sow his wild oats before he's ready to settle down, Rock warmly croons, "I just wanna drink `til I'm not thirsty/I just wanna sleep `til I'm not tired/I just wanna drive `til I run off the highway/Into the purple sky.
Charles had been introduced to sex by well-bred girls chosen for him by his "honorary grandfather" Lord Mountbatten, the adviser who told him to sow his wild oats, and to remember the maxim for choosing a Royal wife - that a girl who had been bedded could not be wedded.
He's also an old-fashioned sexist who tells his son to sow his wild oats before settling down with a nice girl.
One drinker in the town's famous Tam O'Shanter pub said: "Rabbie did like to sow his wild oats.
Don't be a fool and wait around patiently for him to sow his wild oats when you can have your pick of other men wanting to snap you up.