on one's own
- (idiomatic) Alone; by oneself; without the companionship or assistance of others.
- A seven-year-old can get dressed on his own, but it might take a long time.
- I love cheese on toast, but I won't eat cheese on its own.
- 1966, Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell (English lyrics), Dusty Springfield (vocalist), You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, 1965, Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini, Io che non vivo (senza te),
- Don't you see / That now you've gone, / And I'm left here on my own, / I will have to follow you / And beg you to come home.
- 2004 May 13, James B. Hull, Oversight Hearing on Firefighting Preparedness,
- Private operators, for the most part have done an admirable job of keeping these aging aircraft flying, but FAA has essentially said, “It’s public-use aircraft. You’re on your own.”
- 2008, Barbara M. Newman, Philip R. Newman, Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach, [http://books.google.com/books?id=FqwzGlvU_1EC&pg=PA215&dq=%22on+their+own%22+-intitle:%22on+-their+-own%22&hl=en&ei=MsglTqSyMMLgmAXSirHcCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22on%20their%20own%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-their%20-own%22&f=false page 215],
- They may adamantly reject help and insist that they can manage on their own.
- French: tout seul
- German: auf sich selbst gestellt, selber, selbst, von alleine, von selbst, alleine
- Russian: сам
- Spanish: por sí mismo, por sí solo, por su cuenta, por su propia cuenta, solo