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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In his valedictorian speech, Grant graduate Hayk Yegoryan compared his class to birds spreading their wings.
LOCAL entrepreneurs who are thinking of spreading their wings and doing business overseas, could benefit from a new series of short courses being run by the School of Business & Management at the University of Wales College, Newport.
Five young legal eagles are spreading their wings at a Black Country firm of solicitors.
PENGUINS are not best-known for spreading their wings, but the publishers of the same name are about to nest in Ireland.
Calling loudly and spreading their wings flat out, they beg when their parents are near.
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