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a life of its ownAn independent existence with some characteristics of life.Rate it:

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stand on its ownTo be independent of others.Rate it:

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on its meritsConsidering only intrinsic good points and bad points, without prejudice or other considerations, such as procedural ones.Rate it:

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a chain is only as strong as its weakest linkAn organization (especially a process or a business) is only as strong or powerful as its weakest person. A group of associates is only as strong as its laziest member.Rate it:

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a leopard cannot change its spotsOne cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.Rate it:

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an army marches on its stomachYou must eat properly if you want to perform tasks well.Rate it:

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behind its timeShowing characteristics of the past; present in one's work after later advances in the field; coming later than could be generally accepted.Rate it:

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every dog has its dayEveryone has a time of success and satisfaction.Rate it:

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in its infancyStill in an early stage.Rate it:

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Its a Goner! {gawner}It is Ruined, broken, dead, destroyed, lost, stolen, smashed,Rate it:

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let nature take its courseTo permit events to proceed or a situation to develop without intervention or interference.Rate it:

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like a chicken with its head cut offIn a frantic, disorganized manner.Rate it:

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put through its pacesTo test completely; to exercise the full range of abilities or functions.Rate it:

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run around like a chicken with its head cut offTo act in a haphazard or aimless way; to act frantically or without control.Rate it:

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sum of its partsA concept in holism. Related to the idea that the total effectiveness of a group of things each interacting with one another is different or greater than their effectiveness when acting in isolation from one another.Rate it:

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take its tollTo affect, especially negatively; to damage or degrade; to cause destruction.Rate it:

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turn on its headTo completely change.Rate it:

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worth its weight in goldHighly valuable.Rate it:

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you can't judge a book by its coverIt is not possible to make reliable judgments about things or people by considering external appearances alone.Rate it:

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you can't tell a book by its coverAlternative form of you can't judge a book by its cover.Rate it:

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after one's own heartOf a person: having the same ideas, opinions or behaviour as oneself.Rate it:

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to thine own self be trueThe easiest person to deceive is oneself."This above all:to thine own self be true,and it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man." -William ShakespeareRate it:

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a man/woman after your own hearta man or woman who likes the same things or has the same opinions as youRate it:

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bird of one's own brainOne's own idea or conception.Rate it:

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by one's own handAs a result of one's own actions, especially with reference to death by suicide.Rate it:

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carry one's own weightA variant of carry one's weight.Rate it:

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come into one's ownTo reach a stage of development or maturity where one has achieved strength and confidence, economic security, or respect and social acceptance.Rate it:

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comfortable in one's own skinRelaxed and confident in one's manner of presenting oneself and interacting with others; conveying the impression that one has a clear, satisfying understanding of one's own abilities and situation.Rate it:

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dig one's own graveTo behave in a way that is likely to have future negative effects on oneself.Rate it:

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don't shit in your own nestAlternative term for don't shit where you eatRate it:

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each to his ownEveryone is entitled to their own opinion or tastes.My housemate is a strict vegan. I personally could never not eat meat, but each to his own.Rate it:

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eat one's own dog foodTo test the beta programs that are in the test phase on one's own computers; to dogfood.Rate it:

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eat one's own dog foodTo use or consume the economic goods or services that oneself is producing; to be part of a closed household economy.Rate it:

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have a mind of one's ownTo form one's personal opinions and choose one's actions without being governed by the views or choices of others; to be independently minded; to think for oneself.Rate it:

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hoist by one's own petardTo be hurt, or destroyed by one's own plot or device, of one's own doing which one intended for another; to be "blown up by one's own bomb".Rate it:

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hold one's ownTo stand up to; to give a respectable performance; to provide worthy competition.Rate it:

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in a league of one's ownFar excelling even the closest contender; not having any worthy competition.Rate it:

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it is a wise child that knows his own fatherOne can never be sure of paternity.Rate it:

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know one's own mindTo clearly understand one's own feelings, intentions, preferences, etc; to know precisely what one wants; to be decisive or determined.Rate it:

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leave to one's own devicesTo leave alone, unsupervised, without assistance.Rate it:

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legend in one's own lunchtimeOne whose fame is insignificant or fleeting.Rate it:

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like the sound of one's own voiceTo talk a lot.Rate it:

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mind one's own businessTo concern oneself only with what is of interest to oneself and not interfere in the affairs of others.Rate it:

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off one's own batAt one's own instigation.Rate it:

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on one's ownAlone; by oneself; without the companionship or assistance of others.Rate it:

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on one's own accountOn one's own behalf.Rate it:

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on one's own accountBy oneself.Rate it:

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on one's own accountAt one's own risk.Rate it:

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own upTo acknowledge, confess, or admit guilt. Often used with to.Rate it:

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pull one's own weightTo do the work that one is obligated to.Rate it:

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