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independent as a hog on ice

Unable to be controlled. The phrase was originally used in the sport of curling to describe the movement of the stones on the ice. I want to keep this meeting from happening, but it's independent as a hog on ice now, with so many people involved. I worry about my daughter's rebelliousness, but she's as independent as a hog on ice—there's no stopping her from doing what she wants to do.
See also: hog, ice, independent, on

independent of

Excluding (something); without taking something into account. My contract was written independent of overtime—I got a higher base salary instead. I need you to make a decision independent of your personal feelings on this issue.
See also: independent, of
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Sometimes clients want freelancers to work on-site, but Pat Noble says being independent means never having to work in someone else's office.
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on the Internal Revenue Service's revised training materials for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees ("Worker Classification").
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