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

have a mind of one's own

phrase

  • 1Be capable of independent opinion or action.

    • ‘You have a mind of your own and don't like to do what you're told to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why should I be punished for having a mind of my own, and the will to express it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But she has a mind of her own and believes women need to walk along with men and not behind.’
    • ‘Yes, but she has a mind of her own and is too independent for most men's taste.’
    • ‘‘From the very beginning, Jennifer had a mind of her own,’ Mr. Lendor said.’
    1. 1.1 (of an inanimate object) seem capable of thought and intention, especially by behaving contrary to the will of the person using it.
      ‘the shopping cart had a mind of its 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.’
      • ‘Fabric is notorious for misbehaving and props have a mind of their own.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The cost wasn't prohibitive but Italian websites have a mind of their own.’
      • ‘You have to get your mind in synch with your fingers - and sometimes your fingers have a mind of their 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.’
      • ‘His arms seemed to have a mind of their own and embraced her.’