Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “paddle your own canoe”

paddle your own canoe

UK informal
If you describe a person as paddling their own canoe, you mean that they are independent and do not need help from anyone else.Freedom to actOpportunity
(Definition of paddle your own canoe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Translations of “paddle your own canoe”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More