off (one's) own bat

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off (one's) own bat

Without prompting from another. If you want to make more money, you'll have to take on new clients off your own bat. Susie didn't wait for her parents to tell her to take out the garbage. She did it off her own bat.
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off your own bat

BRITISH
If you do something off your own bat, you choose to do it and no one else tells you to do it. Whatever she did, she did off her own bat. It was nothing to do with me. Note: In cricket, players can score runs either by hitting the ball themselves, or when their partner hits it, or when the ball is not hit at all but goes beyond the wicket.
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off your own bat

at your own instigation; spontaneously. British
The bat referred to in this phrase is a cricket bat.
1995 Colin Bateman Cycle of Violence She doesn't have me doing anything, Marty. It's all off my own bat.
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ˌoff your own ˈbat

(British English, informal) independently, without the encouragement or help of others: Nobody had even tried to persuade Tim to give up smoking; he did it off his own bat.
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But they didn't dump me, I decided to go off my own bat.
I did a few things off my own bat a couple of years ago, including a day selling the Big Issue on the streets, to find out how tough it can be to make ends meet when you've nowhere to call home," said the 26-yearold, who has been at Molineux since he was 10.
I went off my own bat as I'm a huge cycling fan, and it would have been daft to miss the opening stage when it was right on my doorstep in Yorkshire.
I'm doing all this off my own bat and it's costing me a lot of money.
It was all off my own bat and I'm not a web developer.
s "Everything I've got in my life, all the baubles and trappings, I've got off my own bat, through my own effort," he told the youngsters.
When I came home I decided instead of trying to ask people for money I'd do it off my own bat.
I did it off my own bat - it's just a different way of getting fitter and stronger.
I had just got the sack at Derby County and went down off my own bat.
Something that I did entirely off my own bat, while a terrible mistake, has ended up being partly blamed on other people.
She said: "I was becoming quite concerned about the appearance of the streets where I live, so started to tackle it off my own bat.
But I had a look at him and bought him off my own bat.
Something I did off my own bat, while a terrible mistake, has ended up being partly blamed on other people.
When we made the decision to part company with Stan Ternent, I told Ken Davy (chairman) that I wanted the responsibility of picking the next manager off my own bat and he said he had no problem with that.
Anything I do has to be off my own bat so I'll just concentrate on my own game, keep improving and try to do well for myself.