on (one's) (own) terms

on (one's) (own) terms

In the manner or timeframe that one prefers. Don't just accept this job because it would make your parents happy—you need to act on your own terms for once.
See also: on, term

on terms

1. Equal in score; having the same number of points. Despite the home team vastly outperforming their rival, the two remained on terms at the halftime break.
2. Partnered or having an affinity with someone. The stranger was suspected by the superstitious townsfolk of being on terms with the devil.
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on terms

1 in a state of friendship or equality. 2 (in sport) level in score or on points.
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do something on somebody’s/your (own) ˈterms

do something in a way that somebody chooses/you choose because they/you are in a position of power: They agreed to stop fighting, but on their own terms: all prisoners to be released, and talks to be held immediately.
See also: on, something, term