paddle your own canoe

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.
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.
See also: canoe, own, paddle

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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PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE After being dropped off by helicopter, Larry Lamb and Scarlett Moffatt find out they have to get to the jungle camp by kayak
Four nights from PS96pp Learn how to paddle your own canoe - or kayak - at Haven's Lakeland Holiday Park and you could be a future Olympian.
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Kerr's mother, in particular, emerges as a woman with a flair for lively language, advising the author to "Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.
Baden Powell says you should paddle your own canoe.
The grant from the Gateshead Housing Company's award-winning Community Fund will allow Wayout in Gateshead (WinG) to continue to run its Paddle Your Own Canoe project.
Unless you have your own wet suit and can paddle your own canoe.
GEORGE Osborne might be living it up on HOLIDAY: a gondola but, for the rest of us, it's a case of paddle your own canoe.
The cash from Gateshead Housing Company will let Wayout in Gateshead to continue to run its Paddle Your Own Canoe scheme.
Instead, you can go exploring in a rowing boat or paddle your own canoe, both for only a few pence.
Canoeing in Utah: You can paddle your own canoe down 100 miles of Utah's Green River, from Ruby Ranch to the Colorado River, on an eight-day canoeing trip offered August through October by Wilderness Inquiry.