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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Euro$ interest rate futures are feeling their oats in contrast to stocks, as the Fed/rate outlook relaxes.
With the stock market wobbling around all-time highs, some CEOs have been feeling their oats, and are looking to see larger-than-average increases in their total compensation, hinting (or more) that the labor market is tight and that executive search firms are swarming.
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.” Bass vocalist, Tommy Frizsell agrees, “We just sing our praises to the Lord and pray that He use them for His glory.
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.
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.
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