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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.
See also: own, steam
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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