Definition of paddle one's own canoe in English:

paddle one's own canoe

phrase

informal
  • Be independent and self-sufficient.

    ‘she plunged into work, she'd got to paddle her own canoe’
    • ‘With a film in the Toronto International Film Festival, television projects in the works and the play Matt & Ben opening next month, this is a Canadian company that paddles its own canoe.’
    • ‘We received very little guidance from the head office of the DM, which had no form of constitution for branches, and we have very largely paddled our own canoe.’
    • ‘If there is any such thing as justice the county councillors will row in behind us on this one, but if not then we are going to have to go and paddle our own canoe all the way to the Boundary Commission.’
    • ‘Well in 1986 we lost our resident parish priest and so we had to start from there to paddle our own canoe so to speak.’
    • ‘As a single parent in the 80s, working full time and paying for childcare, paddling my own canoe, could I possibly ask Gina Waite to sent me a form so I could apply for ‘back pamper pay’?’
    • ‘‘K.B. has to paddle his own canoe,’ Rooney says.’
    • ‘It seems, it doesn't hurt to take time out to paddle your own canoe.’
    • ‘In any case, neither three months nor 10 months is a terribly long period of time, and this girl does not exactly inspire trust, so Prudie suggests you leave her to paddle her own canoe, as it were.’
    • ‘Following my Dad's advice to ‘Love many, trust a few and always paddle your own canoe,’ I'm Warwick Hadfield.’