(one's) own man/woman/person

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(one's) own man/woman/person

Independent in action or thought; not accepting or swayed by outside influences. When I was younger, I would do anything my friends were doing, but I'm my own person now. You won't be able to manipulate her—she's really her own woman. You can't just accept everything you read in the media—you have to be your own man.
See also: man, own, person, woman
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(one's) own man

Independent in judgment and action.
See also: man, own

(one's) own woman

Independent in judgment or action: She has always been her own woman.
See also: own, woman
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interpose one's own person to shield a potential victim."
Stephen Buckle writes extensively about the concept of the suum, which are those things that are proper to oneself, starting with one's own person. Of property, he writes, "Private property (as we know it) is the set of extensions to the suum, and for this reason private property laws become an essential part of the system of natural justice" (1991, 30).
He said the sacrifices of Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)'s family teach us that collective goals and purgation of the society were superior to one's own person and personal interests which can never be compromised.
Reflecting on what she learned from psychology to become her own person, "Elizabeth" is a fine read of becoming one's own person, highly recommended.
To annihilate the subject of morality in one's own person is to root out the existence of morality itself from the world, as far as one can, even though morality is an end in itself.
It must bring one's own person into the conversation with the text and may not simply repeat the text" (19).
A straightforward guide to truly becoming one's own person.
He had clearly acted in justifiable self-defense under state law, which provides that a person may use deadly force to resist "any attempt unlawfully to kill such person or to commit any felony upon him, or upon or in any dwelling in which such person shall be," or in defense of "one's own person or any other human being, where there shall be reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury, and there shall be imminent danger of such design being accomplished."
The sense of self ("ownership" of one's own person) and the mastery of nature (ownership of property) are tied together (Locke 22).
Previously, human arrogance and concomitant wrongdoing was mainly an affront to divinity, or had repercussions for one's own person, spiritual and/or physical.
The study seems somewhat hampered by the fact that each regional center does not present similar evidence for all cases; e.g., reports concerning debt-bondage are only available from Egypt and Syria; reports concerning the voluntary servitude of one's own person are only available from Mecca, Medina, Kufa, and Basra; reports concerning the enslavement of a foundling are only present from Kufa and Medina.
Both Ginsberg and Olson were engaged with a "history" that was the responsibility and act of one's own person, what Olson called the Herodotean method--"to find out for oneself"--citing the Histories as primary example.
Moreover, the conception authorizes drastic economic inequalities, for the unfettered use of private property rights in one's own person and powers allows the more able persons to accumulate a major share of worldly resources.
The other rights a child of divorcing parents has include the right to awareness in what's going on, the right to counseling, the right to be heard, the right to be one's own person, the right to be neutral, and the right to private communication.
"Being close in an intimate relationship with someone and at the same time being one's own person is a difficult dance," Wright said.
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