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To do something without help - synonyms or related words

fend for yourself

to take care of yourself without help from anyone else

do something of your own accord

to do something without being asked, forced, or helped by someone else

go solo

to start to do something alone rather than with others

be alone in (doing) something

to be the only person that does something

do your own thing

to do what you want to do, without worrying about what other people think or want

stand alone

to not depend on other people or things, or to not be influenced by them

sink or swim

to be left on your own to succeed or fail, without any help

do your own thing

to perform an activity in the way that you prefer and not in the way that other people want or expect you to

stand on your own (two) feet

to behave in an independent way, especially by not asking for financial help from anyone

mind your own business

to be doing the things you normally do, without affecting what other people are doing


gig economy

an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employment

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fake news

a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputation

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