paddle (one's) own canoe

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paddle (one's) own canoe

To act independently. Now that you're 30, people expect you to paddle your own canoe—you can't just live with your parents forever.
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paddle one's own canoe

Fig. to do something by oneself; to be alone. I've been left to paddle my own canoe too many times. Sally isn't with us. She's off paddling her own canoe.
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paddle one's own canoe

Be independent and self-reliant, as in It's time Bill learned to paddle his own canoe. This idiom alludes to steering one's own boat. [c. 1800]
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paddle your own canoe

If you paddle your own canoe, you control what you want to do without anyone's help or interference. With no one managing him, he was basically left to paddle his own canoe. As far as the rest of Europe is concerned we've just got to paddle our own canoe.
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paddle your own canoe

be independent and self-sufficient. informal
This expression has been in figurative use from the early 19th century: it was the title of a popular song by Sarah T. Bolton in 1854 .
See also: canoe, own, paddle
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Young James then got stuck in, learning to play Van Morrison tracks and Derek and the Dominos by ear, and although he performed in bands with his brothers and friends, he always wanted to paddle his own canoe.
They let each poor fellow paddle his own canoe, and if he capsizes and stretches out his hand in despair for someone to save him.
But Myleene said: "Fran should learn to paddle his own canoe and get on with his job.
My advice to Mr Dix is that he should talk to some of his elected Labour leaders about Labour policy and the One Wales Agreement that his party has signed up to, rather than paddle his own canoe against a tide that has already washed over him.