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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Despite the wick title, Charlotte Church - Spreading her Wings (BBC1NI, Mon) followed the Welsh warbler on the run-up to her 18th birthday.
In a TV documentary called Charlotte Church: Spreading Her Wings which is on BBC1 tomorrow, Charlotte says: "The little girl's gone and here's the woman and I'm spreading my wings.
Kain, 51, is now spreading her wings as a guest teacher at her alma mater, Canada's National Ballet School.
Not content with her stellar career as an actress, Emily Watson is spreading her wings as a writer and producer.
Now, as Sarah turns 40, I see her spreading her wings, buying a property overseas within five months and heading into a new life.
Suzanne Farrell is spreading her wings, staging not just the choreography of her first mentor, George Balanchine.