feel (one's) oats

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feel (one's) oats

1. To be very active and energetic. The dog must be feeling his oats, considering how he's running around the yard today.
2. To be aware of one's own power or importance. If you sassed the boss like that, you must be feeling your oats!
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feel one's oats

Fig. to be very lively. Careful with that horse. He's feeling his oats today. Mary was feeling her oats and decided to go out dancing.
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feel one's oats

1. Feel frisky or animated, as in School was out, and they were feeling their oats. This usage alludes to the behavior of a horse after having been fed. [Early 1800s]
2. Display self-importance, as in He was feeling his oats, bossing everyone around. [Mid-1800s]
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feel your oats

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you feel your oats, you are full of energy and excitement. This success has Ralph Raina, one of the area's most prominent businessmen, feeling his oats. Murphy is feeling his oats as a budding movie star.
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feel your oats

feel lively and buoyant. US informal
Oats are used as feed for horses, making them friskier and more energetic.
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feel (one's) oats

1. To be energetic and playful.
2. To act in a self-important manner.
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Epstein is doing this, goes the theory, by removing the pitching and hitting coaches that Maddon installed only a year ago when the manager was feeling his oats.
As pro-abortion President Barack Obama, thankfully, approaches the end of his second term, he is busy polishing his "legacy" and (feeling his oats) beginning to offer snarky comments about not just the usual suspects-anyone who disagrees with him, most particularly Republicans-but about Donald Trump who will be Hillary Clinton's opponent this fall.
After that, Bergeron must have been feeling his oats because he drew the first regular-season fighting major of his career with 5:53 left in the third period when he tangled briefly with Buffalo's 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers, who caught Bergeron between the legs with his stick.
This feller was feeling his oats and wanted to prove to that commanding officer on the radio that he was Sierra Hotel, The cost was beyond reason: one of our well-trained hard chargers, and an air machine to boot.
For his next two films, Wise was feeling his oats. His screen version of "Two for the Seesaw" was a felicitous bittersweet romantic pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Robert Mitchum; "The Haunting," his adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," is a classic supernatural thriller.