Meaning of “be your own person/woman/man” in the English Dictionary

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"be your own person/woman/man" in British English

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be your own person/woman/man

to be in control of your life and not allow other people to tell you what to do:

Nobody tells me how to live my life - I'm my own man.

(Definition of “be your own person/woman/man” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)