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do your own thing

INFORMAL
COMMON If you do your own thing, you live, act, or behave in the way you want to, without paying attention to other people's opinions. She was allowed to do her own thing as long as she kept in touch by phone to say she was okay. I made a point of doing my own thing on the pitch and ignored my coach's instructions.
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do your own thing

follow your own interests or inclinations regardless of others. informal
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do your own ˈthing

(informal) live, act or behave as you want, not as others tell you to do; be independent: Mark’s father wanted him to be a doctor, but Mark wanted to do his own thing and run an art gallery.
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do (one's) own thing

Slang
To do what one does best or finds most enjoyable: "I get paid to try cases and to do my thing on trial" (Bruce Cutler).
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do one's own thing, to

To find self-expression or self-fulfillment in some activity. Although this term is very old indeed—numerous references can be found in Chaucer, as in The Merchant’s Tale (“where as they doon hir thynges”)—it became hackneyed during the 1960s. Rebelling against the establishment, the unconventional “dropped out” of society and joined communes where they would “do their own thing.” One might wonder how many of them were familiar with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Self-Reliance (1841), in which he said, “I have difficulty to detect the precise man you are. . . . But do your own thing and I shall know you.”
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