be (one's) own man/woman/person

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be (one's) own man/woman/person

To act, think, or work independently; to not accept or be swayed by outside influences. You can't just accept everything you read in the media—you have to be your own man. 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.
See also: man, own, person, woman
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own person, be one's

Also, be one's own man or woman . Be independent, be responsible for oneself. For example, We can't tell Jerry what to do-he's his own person. Chaucer used this idiom in Troilus and Cressida: "I am my own woman, well at ease." [Late 1300s]
See also: own
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

be your own man (or woman or person)

act independently and with confidence.
See also: man, own
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be your own ˈman/ˈwoman

act or think independently, not following others or being ordered to do things: Working for himself meant that he could be his own man.
See also: man, own, woman
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own man/person, to be one's

To be in charge of one’s own affairs and actions. This term is very old indeed and may be obsolescent. Chaucer, who often portrayed strong women, used it (Troilus and Criseyde, ca. 1374): “I am myn own woman wel at ese.” A modern equivalent is to do one’s own thing.
See also: man, own, to
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