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Re: Come into one's own

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 16, 2007

In Reply to: Come into one's own posted by Rachel on September 16, 2007

: Do you have a definition for "come into one's own"?
"One's own" is a traditional ellipsis for "one's own property/estate" (as in the 17th-century English song written during the Cromwellian interregnum, titled "When the King enjoys his own again"). So "to come into one's own" means literally to take possession of what is rightfully one's own property, and figuratively to begin to flourish and be happy and successful in a role that suits one. (VSD)