do\ one's\ own\ thing

• do one's (own) thing
v. phr. informal
1. To do what one does well and actually enjoys doing.

Two thousand fans paid $15 each to hear the rock group do their thing.

2. To follow one's bent; for example, to be engaged in left-wing politics, some sort of meditation, or use of drugs (particularly in the sixties).

The hippies were doing their own thing when the cops came and busted them.

3. To be engaged in an unusual activity that strikes others as odd.

Leave Jim alone, he's just doing his own thing when he's standing on his head.


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  • do one's own thing — informal follow one s own inclinations regardless of others. → thing …   English new terms dictionary

  • do one's own thing — informal follow one s own interests or inclinations regardless of others …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Your Own Thing — Infobox Musical name= Your Own Thing subtitle= caption= Australian Program music= Hal Hester Danny Apolinar lyrics= Hal Hester Danny Apolinar book= Donald Driver basis= Shakespeare s Twelfth Night productions= 1968 Off Broadway 1969 Australia… …   Wikipedia

  • Out of one's own head — Head Head (h[e^]d), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. he[ a]fod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. h[ o]fu[eth], Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubi[thorn]. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head (cf. E. {Chief},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • My Own Thing — Студийный альбом Manafest Дата выпуска 2003 Жанры Рэп …   Википедия

  • To take one's own course — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To stand in one's own light — Light Light (l[imac]t), n. [OE. light, liht, AS. le[ o]ht; akin to OS. lioht, D. & G. licht, OHG. lioht, Goth. liuha[thorn], Icel. lj[=o]s, L. lux light, lucere to shine, Gr. leyko s white, Skr. ruc to shine. [root]122. Cf. {Lucid}, {Lunar},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be one's own man — Man Man (m[a^]n), n.; pl. {Men} (m[e^]n). [AS. mann, man, monn, mon; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel. ma[eth]r, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr. manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man to think, and E. mind. [root]104. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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