Definition of stand on one's own (two) feet in US English:

stand on one's own (two) feet

phrase

  • Be or become self-reliant or independent.

    • ‘You've got to stand on your own two feet eventually.’
    • ‘Farmers have been told to stand on their own two feet.’
    • ‘When there is no one else around, you have to stand on your own two feet.’
    • ‘The skills and qualities all these young people have developed will help them stand on their own two feet and prepare them to be good citizens of the future.’
    • ‘Such nations are rightly proud that they have progressed on their own terms, standing on their own feet.’
    • ‘She taught us how to stand on our own feet.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the children knew they had to be capable of standing on their own feet and supporting her through old age.’
    • ‘It teaches them responsibility, to stand on their own two feet and to get a job afterwards.’
    • ‘I am a 30 year-old woman and I am fairly independent, believing in standing on my own two feet most of the time and having strong relationships based on intellect and feeling.’
    • ‘The state will help you with education and training but ultimately you have to stand on your own feet.’
    manage, survive, subsist, look after oneself, fend for oneself, shift for oneself, stand on one's own two feet, carry on, get through, get on, get along, get by, muddle through, muddle along, scrape by, bear up, make the grade, come through, hold one's own, keep one's end up, keep one's head above water, keep the wolf from the door, weather the storm
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