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own pins/own steam

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own pins/own steam

Postby shalil » Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:50 pm

Hello! I was wondering what these phrases mean?
-on my own pins
-on their own steam
Are these referring to being independent?

Thank you in advance!
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Re: own pins/own steam

Postby Josef » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:12 am

Yes, they do refer to being independent.

"Pins" means "legs" or "feet" as in "You''ll have to stand on your own two feet."

"Steam" - as far as I am aware the normal expressions is "under your own steam", meaning without help from anyone else.
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Re: own pins/own steam

Postby shalil » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:56 am

Thanks a lot, Josef!
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