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under one's own steam

Slang definitions & phrases for under one's own steam

under one's hat

adjective phrase

Secret; in confidence: Here it is, but it's strictly under the hat, see? (1885+)


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Idioms and Phrases with under one's own steam

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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