spread (one's) wings

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spread (one's) wings

1. To start to live more independently and experience new things, especially for the first time. Now that I'm finished school, I feel like I really want to spread my swings and see what's out there for me.
2. To begin using one's talents or abilities to their full potential. I know if you just spread your wings, you'll be a really successful writer. But you have to start taking it seriously.
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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.
See also: spread, wing
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References in classic literature ?
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. Even without these indications, the large vigorous neatness of everything would have marked it German.
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It was learnt that some political affluent are providing backing to the tenants to construct illegally and supporting them irrationally to spread their wings.
They can't turn around, spread their wings, or engage in natural behaviors, such as nesting, perching, or dust-bathing.
Victoria's Secret angels spread their wings for show screening AFTER last week's fashion show, THEVICTORIA's Secret models got together again at a screening of the lingerie extravaganza.
"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. The entire home is in exceptional decorative order, perfectly balancing character features with contemporary facilities, and all from this stunning plot overlooking the spectacular local area.
-- 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.
To move on they have to spread their wings. All we can do is make sure they're as equipped as possible and, while offering up a prayer, kiss them, smile ...
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.
Sir - It was music to my ears, reading WA Rees's suggestion that the WRU should "spread their wings further, say North Wales" to look for rugby talent (Letters, Wednesday, September 26, Rugby Limits).
Angelin Preljocaj is the latest in a growing roster of major choreographers to spread their wings in the world of opera.