come into one's own
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- (idiomatic) To reach a stage of development or maturity where one has achieved strength and confidence, economic security, or respect and social acceptance.
1903, Jack London, chapter 2, in Call of the Wild:
- And not only did he learn by experience, but instincts long dead became alive again. The domesticated generations fell from him. . . . [T]he old tricks . . . came to him without effort or discovery, as though they had been his always. . . . [T]he ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again.
1913, Gene Stratton-Porter, chapter 7, in Laddie: A True Blue Story:
- Sally just swept along smiling at every one. . . . Sally looked just as if she had come into her own and was made for it; I never did see her look so pretty.
1916, D. H. Lawrence, chapter 5, in Twilight in Italy:
- The eyes of the wood-cutter flash like actual possession. He seems now to have come into his own. With all his senses, he is dominant, sure.
1919, Upton Sinclair, chapter 12, in Jimmie Higgins:
- Everywhere the people would come into their own, and war and tyranny would vanish like a hateful nightmare! Speaker after speaker got up to proclaim this glorious future.
- 2010 Nov. 26, Gemlyn Geroge, "Healthcare in Asia: A Roadmap for the Next Decade," Time:
- The subsequent decade played host to numerous stories of Asian nations coming into their own with robustly growing economies.