off your own bat
This page is about the idiom off your own bat
If you do something off your own bat, you do it without being asked to or told to.
- I didn't tell the gardener to cut down the tree. He did it off his own bat.
- One of the actresses decided, off her own bat, to change her lines in the movie. The director wasn't happy.
Origin: Possibly related to the game of cricket, in which a player scores runs by hitting the ball "off his own bat".
This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Contributor: Matt Errey