on one's own account(redirected from on one's account)
on (one's) own account
Without requiring or having been given instruction, prompting, or guidance from others; by one's own effort or energy. Few things impress employers more than implementing business solutions on your own account. I just think Jennifer needs to do things on her own account more, instead of waiting to see what her boyfriend wants to do all the time.
on one's own account
Also, on one's own hook or initiative . For oneself; also, by one's own efforts, as in I've gone into business on my own account, or He called the police on his own hook, or She went job-hunting on her own initiative. The first term, first recorded in 1801, transfers the financial sense of account to one's own interest or risk. The hook variant, a colloquialism, was first recorded in 1812 and the precise analogy is unclear. The second variant, using initiative in the sense of "enterprise," was first recorded in 1858.