feel one's oats
phrasal to act in a newly self-confident and often self-important manner

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  • feel one's oats — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To feel frisky or playful; be eager and excited. * /The horses were feeling their oats./ * /When they first got to camp, the boys were feeling their oats./ 2. To act in a proud or important way. * /The new gardener was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • feel one's oats — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To feel frisky or playful; be eager and excited. * /The horses were feeling their oats./ * /When they first got to camp, the boys were feeling their oats./ 2. To act in a proud or important way. * /The new gardener was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • feel one's oats — ► feel one s oats N. Amer. informal feel lively and energetic. Main Entry: ↑oat …   English terms dictionary

  • feel one's oats — phrasal 1. of a horse : to act spirited or frisky 2. a. : to be actively exuberant the children were feeling their oats and running madly around the house b. : to act in a newly self confident and often self important manner * * * feel one s oats …   Useful english dictionary

  • feel one's oats — idi feel one s oats a) to feel or show giddy animation b) to have a strong sense of one s own power …   From formal English to slang

  • feel one's oats — verb a) To feel energetic or frisky; to behave in a vigorous or bold manner. In fact, precisely as a rash, restive horse is said to feel his oats, so Turkey felt his coat. b) To feel important; to be empowered …   Wiktionary

  • feel\ one's\ oats — v. phr. slang 1. To feel frisky or playful; be eager and excited. The horses were feeling their oats. When they first got to camp, the boys were feeling their oats. 2. To act in a proud or important way. The new gardener was feeling his oats and… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • feel one's oats N. Amer. — feel one s oats N. Amer. informal feel lively and energetic. → oat …   English new terms dictionary

  • To feel one's oats — Oat Oat ([=o]t), n.; pl. {Oats} ([=o]ts). [OE. ote, ate, AS. [=a]ta, akin to Fries. oat. Of uncertain origin.] 1. (Bot.) A well known cereal grass ({Avena sativa}), and its edible grain, used as food and fodder; commonly used in the plural and in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sow one's wild oats — Oat Oat ([=o]t), n.; pl. {Oats} ([=o]ts). [OE. ote, ate, AS. [=a]ta, akin to Fries. oat. Of uncertain origin.] 1. (Bot.) A well known cereal grass ({Avena sativa}), and its edible grain, used as food and fodder; commonly used in the plural and in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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