under (one's) own steam

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under (one's) own steam

On one's own; with no assistance from anyone else. The injured player was fortunately able to walk off the field under his own steam. Look, Mom, I can finish this book report under my own steam, OK? I don't need you hovering over me correcting my spelling!
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under one's own steam

Fig. by one's own power or effort. I missed my ride to class, so I had to get there under my own steam. John will need some help with this project. He can't do it under his own steam.
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under one's own steam

Independently, without help, as in For two years I published the quarterly newsletter under my own steam. This expression uses steam in the sense of "driving power," as in a steam engine. [Early 1900s]
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under your own steam

1. If you go somewhere under your own steam, you make your own arrangements for the journey, rather than letting someone else organize it for you or take you. Note: The following expressions refer to the use of steam to provide power for a machine, especially a steam engine. You can go on an organised bus tour of the region or you can take off into the hills under your own steam.
2. If you do something under your own steam, you do it on your own and without help from anyone else. Note: The following expressions refer to the use of steam to provide power for a machine, especially a steam engine. He left the group convinced he could do better under his own steam.
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under your own steam

without assistance from others.
1996 Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice & Men She was starting to move under her own steam, hesitant Bambi steps which weren't helped by being hurried along, but a good sign nevertheless.
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(get/go somewhere) under your own ˈsteam

(British English, informal) (get/go somewhere) without help from others: Don’t worry about arranging transport for us. We can get there under our own steam.
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I went as the date of a friend who is a big macher in children's literature: There's no way I could have been there under my own steam since tables went for as much as $50,000, and the cheapest individual ticket was $600.
He said: "There are some things in life which have 'just got to be done' and the 1,000 mile journey from John O'Groats to Lands End under my own steam was one of those things.
On day 50, his entry reads: "Would have liked to come into Falmouth under my own steam, but that's just foolish vanity I suppose.
But I also wore the resulting scabs with a sense of childish pride - they were the visible proof of my growing cycling prowess; my dedication to mastering my machine and my determination to get from A to B under my own steam.
The evergreen Brennan, whose name is synonymous with horses like Vulrory's Clown, Strath Royal, Skegby and Speaker Weatherill, adds: "I am looking forward to operating under my own steam again.
If it were not for them, I would not be able to attend for treatment every few weeks as I cannot get there under my own steam.
I knew then it was the end, but I still had the pride to pick myself up and walk off the pitch under my own steam.
On December 5, I was able to walk out under my own steam after various treatments.
Jess recalled: "I only made Euro 96 as a replacement for Paul McStay and I'd love to make France 98 under my own steam.
I have been trying to get in under my own steam but this has proved impossible due to disabilities.
Winkworth, who had a half-share in 1991 Cheltenham Stayers' Hurdle hero King's Curate, added: "I was lucky as an owner and it would be nice to do it under my own steam as a trainer.