stand on (one's) own (two) feet(redirected from standing on their 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.
stand on one's (own) two feet
to act in an independent and forthright manner. I can stand on my own two feet without any help from you! Dave will be better off when he gets a job and can stand on his own feet.
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]
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.