stand on your own two feet

stand on your own two feet

COMMON If you stand on your own two feet, you are independent and do not need anyone to help you or support you. You should behave like a grown-up woman, stand on your own two feet, and take full responsibility for your decisions. Note: You can also say that someone stands on their own feet. After you've spent three years being funded by parents, suddenly it's all over and you're expected to stand on your own feet.
See also: feet, on, own, stand, two