spread (one's) wings

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spread (one's) wings

To start to use one's talents or abilities, or to start to experience new things for the first time. Likened to a bird opening its wings before starting to fly. I know if you just spread your wings, you'll be a really successful writer. But you have to start taking it seriously. Now that I'm finished school, I feel like I really want to spread my swings and see what's out there for me.
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spread your wings

COMMON If you spread your wings, you start to do new or more interesting things. Michelle has been in the show since she left school and feels like she needs to spread her wings. I was 23 and still living with my parents. I just felt it was time to spread my wings.
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spread (or stretch or try) your wings

extend your activities and interests or start new ones.
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spread your ˈwings

become more independent and confident enough to try new activities, etc: Studying at university should help you to spread your wings and become independent.
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After a season of darkness and struggling, light broke and relief fell: my cramped existence all at once spread out to a plain without bounds--my powers heard a call from heaven to rise, gather their full strength, spread their wings, and mount beyond ken.
Everywhere was the white, black and yellow of Imperial Germany, everywhere the black eagles spread their wings.
It is not uncommon for young birds of prey like Henry to spread their wings and head off on a holiday for a few days.
Arranged over four floors, with four spacious double bedrooms and two large reception rooms, there is ample space for a growing family to spread their wings.
Their egg-laying days behind them, some 1,200 Northern California chickens are heading for a cozy retirement on the East Coast, where they will live outside of cages and have plenty of room to spread their wings.
He said that geese are very brave and they spread their wings and will attack any strangers entering someone's home.
A few UAE insurers have spread their wings -- though by setting up separate companies in these countries," said Vazayil.
Schools minister Jim Knight said the finds were encouraging: "It's fantastic to see the next generation of young people are hoping to spread their wings and strenghten Britain's links to the rest of the world.
RNID Cymru is calling on fans of the new Batman movie in Cardiff to spread their wings and register for the charity's thrill-filled skydiving programme.
Angelin Preljocaj is the latest in a growing roster of major choreographers to spread their wings in the world of opera.
Honda's 'Dream Wings' motorcycle exhibit will express the company's desire to create new value and provide enhanced riding pleasure, sharing its dreams with people everywhere, and helping everyone spread their wings and pursue their dreams.
The Midlands has become the shed capital of Britain as happy homeowners spread their wings and build outhouses.
Earlier studies revealed that redstarts and other flush-pursers spread their wings and raise their tails to scare insects out of hiding.
So in last two years they decided it is a window of opportunity to spread their wings globally," said Cheong.