off your own bat

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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Even if you did it off your own bat, I'm not surprised it spooked her.