on one's own

on (one's) own

1. By or through one's individual efforts or means. I had to finish designing the website on my own after many of our workers were laid off.
2. Without the assistance or support of, or dependence upon, anybody else. I don't need anyone's pity or help, I can make it all on my own, thank you very much.
See also: on, own

on one's own

1. By one's own efforts or resources, as in He built the entire addition on his own. [Mid-1900s]
2. Responsible for oneself, independent of outside help or control, as in Dave moved out last fall; he's on his own now. [Mid-1900s]
See also: on, own
References in classic literature ?
Every thing in life involves danger; it may even be dangerous to sit down at one's own table, or to put one's hat on one's own head.