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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With such a year behind them, one would think the group would be feeling their oats, but that's hardly the case, “We're absolutely in awe,” says tenor singer, Tim Reynolds, “This is all God, it's nothing we're doing.
If the gun-grabbers--now feeling their oats after mass shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Connecticut--had their way, January 8 would indeed have been the last day for both the 40-year-old Lee and his 68-year-old mother, Sophie.
This is the time bucks will start feeling their oats and sparring.
The British had just seen Napoleon sent into exile on Elba and they were feeling their oats.
It was more than Democrats feeling their oats or African-Americans celebrating the unimaginable, more than revulsion at the gang of bullheads who held power for too long.
But Musharraf's power has now been shredded and the radicals may again be feeling their oats.
However, as soon as charismatic and articulate political leaders become popular and begin feeling their oats, they inevitably want to ``rescue'' education.
Others had the bad fortune to try to expand rapidly at just the time a lot of doctors were feeling their oats, and so they had great difficulty putting together provider networks.
People bent on lowering their blood cholesterol levels should be feeling their oats - or at least eating them," The Dallas Morning News reported.
And journalists in those countries, censored and suppressed for all those decades, are feeling their oats.
While some boomers may feel the need for more slack in their track, women and older folks, who at first tippy-toed into the softest adventure sphere, are feeling their oats and demanding more challenging trips that rev up the body and mind.
They're feeling their oats,'' coach Del Harris said before practice Saturday at the Delta Center.
Rather than helpless weaklings as portrayed by defense attorneys, Erik and Lyle Menendez were "competent young men who were feeling their oats," when they killed their parents, a prosecutor argued Thursday.