seek (one's) fortune

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seek (one's) fortune

To attempt to make a living or become rich by leaving one's home or original location. She worked as an assistant in the firm for several years before she finally left to seek her fortune as an independent contractor. I felt trapped in such a small town, where opportunities were very scarce for young people, so as soon as I turned 18, I packed up my belongings and moved to New York City to seek my fortune.
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seek your ˈfortune

(literary) try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place: At the age of twenty, he decided to emigrate and seek his fortune in Canada. ▶ ˈfortune seeker noun
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References in classic literature ?
Shocked and terrified boy takes flight, seeks his fortune, gets aboard ship, ultimately turns up on dry land among the Cape wine: small proprietor, farmer, grower--whatever you like to call it.'
A chance flip of a coin determined whether young Alexander would flee to America or Great Britain; as an immigrant, he seeks his fortune and struggles to survive as the decades unfold.
Oliver Twist (2005) (CH 4, 1.25pm) Orphan Oliver flees his harsh upbringing in the workhouse and seeks his fortune in London, where he falls in with the duplicitous Fagin and his gang of thieves.
Star rating: THE THREE MUSKETEERS 3D (12A) D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) seeks his fortune in the court of King Louis (Freddie Fox) and his bride Queen Anne (Juno Temple).
Sixteen and pregnant, Eliza Sommers flees Chile and follows her lover to California where he seeks his fortune in the 1849 gold rush.
But while her friend David seeks his fortune on board naval ships, she has to stick closer to home.
Finally, she finds refuge on a farm where the son of the family is yearning for city life; he hands over the farm work to her, allowing him to leave his loving mother behind as he seeks his fortune. Chu Ju eventually tells the truth to this woman, who accepts her as her own child, and Chu Ju returns to tell her real family that she is alive and doing well.