Idiom:  stand on one's own feet


Idiom:  stand on one's own (two) feet

  • be able to take care of and provide for oneself (especially financially)

Example sentences

  • If you don't want to do chores, move out and stand on your own two feet.
  • I never thought my wife could stand on her own two feet but she went out and got a job after I was hospitalized.
  • I've been standing on my own two feet since I was sixteen years old.
  • Many American students graduate university with $100,000 or more in student loan debt and it's difficult for them to stand on their own two feet without help from their parents.
  • More than anything, I wanted to leave home and stand on my own two feet but after six months I've decided to go back home and focus on my studies.
  • When my husband left me with two young children, I had no choice but to get a job so I could stand on my own two feet.
  • We've decided we've been supporting you for far too long and it's time for you to finally stand on your own two feet.
  • When I first stood on my own two feet, I was really surprised about all the little bills you have to pay just to keep a roof over your head and food on the table.


  • fend for yourself
  • pay your way

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