stand on one's own feet


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stand on (one's) own (two) feet

To be strong and independent; to not need the help, guidance, or resources of another person. He never left home after high school, so he never learned to stand on his own two feet. You're a talented programmer, and you could have a lot of influence here if you stood on your own feet a bit more.
See also: feet, on, own, stand
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stand on one's own feet

Act or behave independently, as in You've got to learn to stand on your own feet and not always listen to your peers. [Mid-1500s]
See also: feet, on, own, stand
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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