own man

(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
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References in classic literature ?
"Peter Quint--his own man, his valet, when he was here!"
The Blues left-back revealed the respect he has for the midfielder's personality, as well as praising the fact he is his own man at such a young age.
But Hoyle insists Siewert, 36, will be "his own man" after handing him a two-and-a-half-year deal.
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Kobe Paras is becoming his own man. And his own brand.
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PAUL Trollope has gone from No.2 to No.1 after landing the Bluebirds' top job - and immediately insisted he's ready to prove he's his own man.
Russell is his own man and one day he'll be his own man.
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That may all sound like a director's indulgence but the lad's attempts to cope with heartbreak, bullying and severe family dysfunction while struggling to become his own man are quietly astonishing.
But I never expected it to last - because Roy Keane is his own man.