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 while O'Neill will seek out the half-time score from Hampden Park on Thursday, he would rather see his players secure a Euro finals showdown off their own bat.
After Nawaz and Alex Morris, Ben Potter has been promoted up the order to great effect in the T20s, and then there's the class of Ryan Robinson, SP Singh and Max Joice to follow - all of them capable of winning a final off their own bat.
Most kids would have blown it on sweets but because we went down originally and they learned what the place was all about, they made the decision off their own bat.
In the end, the coaching staff and Mickey and the leadership group found out about Dave's incident off their own bat.
For a charity to do that off their own bat makes a world of difference to people.
If people try and do it off their own bat they can have failures and get discouraged.
He said: "Wayne, Sylvan and Michael have all said off their own bat, not because the club asked them to, that they are happy here and that is really encouraging.
Publicity for this film invites you to compare it with Starsky and Hutch-presumably because it centres on two attractive you policemen, operating off their own bat with speed on wheels a major ingredient.
The irritating part is that these cuckoos are deciding off their own bat and not because there is any protest from immigrant communities.
The Government wants the councils to do it off their own bat while local authorities would prefer the Government to make them do it.
It was great to see the players - off their own bat - showing us their appreciation.
Barnett-Cowan, who is director of faith, worship and ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada, said the commission, in its consultations, heard that the worldwide uproar was not so much because a gay bishop had been consecrated or that same-sex blessings were approved but because of perceptions that "North Americans were going ahead off their own bat just because they want to .
We have a number of `golden' places we can offer that ensure entry into the Mara-thon, but we would also like those who are taking part off their own bat to make contact with us for one of our Mara-thon packs.
People come here off their own bat, it's not something I seek to advertise.
This is just a little paper by two individuals, done off their own bat.