own person, be one's

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own person, be one's

Also, be one's own man or woman. Be independent, be responsible for oneself. For example, We can't tell Jerry what to dohe's his own person. Chaucer used this idiom in Troilus and Cressida: "I am my own woman, well at ease." [Late 1300s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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