be on one's own


be on one's own
• to be on one's own
• to work on one's own
• to live on one's own
• to do smth on one's own
to be independent, not directed or controlled by others, or simply just to be by oneself

He thought it was wrong of him to go off forever and leave his mother all on her own. (J. Osborne)

Oh, I feel so sleepy. Don't feel like standing behind that blinking sweet-stall again to-morrow. Why don't you do it on your own, and let me sleep in. (J. Osborne)

I'll make you a cup of tea. I've been longing for one myself, but I've been too lazy to have one on my own. (D. Cusack)


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