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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Verdict: THE local traffic lights have a slow mind of their own.
And eight year old girls like to tell their friends they have a mind of their own.
Police presence is minimal at rugby matches because the fans have a mind of their own and are there for the love of the game.
By the Star's description, it seemed that the guns had a mind of their own and might somehow escape and hurt someone: "Housing officials were unaware that [Hargreaves] was storing firearms near families with children.
The GAA have a mind of their own and while the chance to make history and open up Croke Park is closer than ever, pushing them on it won't do one jot of good.
Since he credits inanimate objects with a mind of their own, he never suspects a thing.
Parents know that children have a mind of their own," said Vogel.
Alfa has fitted the GTA with its Q2 differential, which will prevent all that power giving the front wheels a mind of their own, and the stylish model also boasts a dramatic body kit which is based on Alfa's 8C supercar.
Teenagers have a mind of their own and 99 per cent of them are responsible young adults, why should they be penalised for the shortcomings of the feral one per cent.
Surely if they had a mind of their own they would be able to ask different questions, such as why Scotland's economic growth is so far behind not only the UK's, but also small nations like Norway and Ireland.
The sophisticated software program is extraordinarily easy to use and provides lights and appliances with a mind of their own.
We all know that children have a mind of their own so getting them to eat the food they need, as well as enjoy, can sometimes be tricky.