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be (one's) own master

To not be subject to or controlled by others, especially at work or at home. I have to be my own master, so I couldn't work in a big company like you and have to answer to a boss.
See also: master, own

be (one's) own mistress

Of a woman, to not be subject to or controlled by others, especially at work or at home. I have to be my own mistress, so I couldn't work in a big company like you and have to answer to a boss.
See also: mistress, own

be your own ˈmaster/ˈmistress

be free to make your own decisions rather than being told what to do by somebody else: There’s no point trying to tell him what to do. He’s his own master, as you know.
See also: master, mistress, own
References in classic literature ?
Oh, no, you're not, Mistress Blythe--oh, no, you're not," said Captain Jim meditatively.
But I'll find her sometime, Mistress Blythe--I'll find her sometime .
Because, monsieur," replied Kitty, "my mistress loves you not at all.
Well, then, instead of pitying me, you would do much better to assist me in avenging myself on your mistress.
My mistress mentioned to me that Lady Glyde (that was her name) was in poor health, and that I must be particular in my cooking accordingly.
She had been taken with a sudden fright, my mistress said, and master he told us she was in a fit of convulsions.
upon which the poor girl smiled, perhaps at the badness of the Latin, and, when her mistress cast her eyes on her, blushed, possibly with a consciousness of having laughed at her master.
You can refer to me; and if the character I give is not considered sufficient, you can refer to the mistress you served before me -- "
Flintwinch,' said his mistress and partner, flashing into a sudden energy that made Affery start, 'why do you goad me?
Remarkable felt a wonderful inclination to tell the young mistress of the mansion that by opening a door she might see for herself; but prudence got the better of resentment, and after pausing some little time, as a salve to her dignity, she did as desired.
And that discovery," remarked my mistress, "implies, I presume, the discovery of the thief?
Pray, don't, sir, I can't bear it; you and my dear mistress have done so much for me that I could never repay it.
Safe under the protecting care of her mistress, Eliza had reached maturity without those temptations which make beauty so fatal an inheritance to a slave.
Then leave my mistress to me--and go and make yourself comfortable in your own room.
Her mistress signs to her to keep it in her hand; her mistress speaks.