under one's own steam

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Adverb[edit]

under one's own steam (not comparable)

  1. (of a ship or other watercraft) By means of the power of its own engines.
    • 1915, Victor Appleton, The Moving Picture Boys at Panama, ch. 12:
      Now the tug no longer moved under her own steam, nor had it been since coming alongside the wall of the central pier.
  2. (idiomatic) Using one's own resources; unaided; at one's own initiative.

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