strike out on your own

"Striking out on your own" means becoming independent from something that you've been dependent on, like your parents or your job. Some examples of people striking out on their own include:

  • a young person moving out of their parents' home for the first time
  • someone leaving their job to start their own business

This phrase sounds positive. It makes the person who's leaving sound brave and independent.

This phrase appears in these lessons: