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.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

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]
See also: canoe, own, paddle

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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Constable Neville Duke |promised these Emley youngsters a trip of a lifetime if they raised PS600 - and having succeeded they found they had to paddle their own canoe.
Celtic can paddle their own canoe but it's the rest of the clubs who are up the creek.
Scottish residents are due to decide in a referendum if they wish to paddle their own canoe.
zz180913skelmanthorpe) | TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Constable Neville Duke promised these Emley youngsters a trip of a lifetime if they raised PS600 - and having succeeded they were to paddle their own canoe.
Although English, I think that both Scotland and Wales would be better off if they were able to throw off the shackles that bind them to Westminster and paddle their own canoes.