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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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"He's in great form and will like the ground, but he will probably have to spread wings to beat the likes of Brave Inca and Mighty Man."
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Using dark, milk and white chocolate Serge has sculpted everything from nudes and leaping dolphins to an eagle with spread wings and a matador and bull.
Stretch Break WC for wheelchair users includes the back arch, chin tuck, finger flexion and extension, flex wrist forward, eyes around the clock, focus on infinity, hands overhead, head side-to-side, neck twist, reach for the sky, temple massage, spread wings, pressure release, and wiggle wrists.
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In fact, the most promising interpretations seem the most stylized -- showing off the creatures' spread wings and jewel-like colors against a plain, light ground.