stand on your own two feet

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stand on your own two feet

COMMON If you stand on your own two feet, you are independent and do not need anyone to help you or support you. You should behave like a grown-up woman, stand on your own two feet, and take full responsibility for your decisions. Note: You can also say that someone stands on their own feet. After you've spent three years being funded by parents, suddenly it's all over and you're expected to stand on your own feet.
See also: feet, on, own, stand, two
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

stand on your own two ˈfeet

not need the help of other people; be independent: I left home to show my parents that I can stand on my own two feet.Isn’t it about time you learned to stand on your own two feet?
See also: feet, on, own, stand, two
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Your dancing will be more confident when you can "stand on your own two feet!"