mind of (one's) own

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mind of (one's) own

The propensity or ability to think, act, or form opinions without outside influence. It is often used (humorously) to describe an inanimate object that cannot be controlled by its owner. I tried to tell him that wasn't the best decision to make under those circumstances, but you know he has a mind of his own, and he did it anyway. I swear, my vacuum has a mind of its own! It turns on in the middle of the night when we're all asleep!
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a mind of its own

A tendency to be unresponsive to human will: The car had a mind of its own and seemed to start only when it felt like it.
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a mind of (one's) own

A capacity or inclination to think or act independently: a reporter with a mind of her own.
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References in classic literature ?
"That dolly has got a real good little heart, and a bright mind of her own, you'd better believe.
Or assume she can't have a mind of her own? This is 2018, not 1950.
And now we have a headstrong American actress with a passion for causes and a mind of her own about to join the family firm.
A mind of her own; Helen Connor Laird and family, 1888-1982.
The 15-year-old daughter of the Widow has a mind of her own. She falls in love with a scholar, and refuses to enter into an arranged marriage with the current brutal king.
She was a highly intelligent and learned woman, mannish in looks and behaviour and with a mind of her own. After inheriting the throne of Sweden she abdicated, became a Roman Catholic and left Sweden for Rome.
He said: "The race was run to suit her today as she's got a mind of her own. All the rain did the ground the world of good for her and she needs to do everything on the bridle."
And before the women's rights crowd start piping up about an 18-year-old being a young woman and having a mind of her own, do me a favour.
Shannon's parents Paul and Olivia struggled to fight back the tears as Fr Frank McManus told mourners she was "an extremely courageous girl with a mind of her own".
But Airwave does have a mind of her own and Saturday's big hurdle will be the starting stalls - she lost many lengths leaving them on the Esher track.