Definition of have a mind of one's own in English:

have a mind of one's own

phrase

  • 1Be capable of independent opinion or action.

    ‘he has a mind of his own and does not accept cant’
    • ‘But she has a mind of her own and believes women need to walk along with men and not behind.’
    • ‘The lawyer suggested that her resilience under police questioning showed that she had a mind of her own.’
    • ‘You know, he - I've known him since Vietnam, a very brave reporter there, and he has a mind of his own.’
    • ‘This gutsy, dusky, ebullient star has a mind of her own.’
    • ‘It is not enough to have a mind of your own, for you need to have a bank account of your own too.’
    • ‘Just cause he's my brother doesn't mean he doesn't have a mind of his own and isn't entitled to his own opinions.’
    • ‘‘From the very beginning, Jennifer had a mind of her own,’ Mr. Lendor said.’
    • ‘Yes, but she has a mind of her own and is too independent for most men's taste.’
    • ‘You have a mind of your own and don't like to do what you're told to do.’
    • ‘Why should I be punished for having a mind of my own, and the will to express it?’
    1. 1.1 (of an inanimate object) seem capable of thought and independent action.
      ‘the trolley had a mind of its own’
      • ‘Just like supermarket trolleys, baggage trolleys have a mind of their own.’
      • ‘As he speaks the lights in the room, as if they have a mind of their own, suddenly turn themselves on.’
      • ‘You have to get your mind in synch with your fingers - and sometimes your fingers have a mind of their own!’
      • ‘His arms seemed to have a mind of their own and embraced her.’
      • ‘I swiftly walked over to the phone, picking it up and dialing her number, not even thinking as my fingers just seemed to have a mind of their own.’
      • ‘Storm is a very emotive word for the viewer and they tend to have a mind of their own anyway.’
      • ‘Fabric is notorious for misbehaving and props have a mind of their own.’
      • ‘It doesn't take much wind for them to seem like they have a mind of their own.’
      • ‘Her shoulder-length locks seem to have a mind of their own - black at the back with sprinkles of grey at the front.’
      • ‘The cost wasn't prohibitive but Italian websites have a mind of their own.’