under its own steam

idiom

of a ship, boat, etc.
: by using its own power or efforts
The ship was damaged but was able to return to port under its own steam.
often used figuratively
He became a success under his own steam.

Examples of under its own steam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kyle and co say their design is the first bipedal walking robot to contain of this simplicity that can start and stop under its own steam, walk in a straight line or steer. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Unfortunately, that kind of excitement rarely translates to the telecast, which moves under its own steam of imperfect scripting interrupted by moments of hope. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 There’s also just the fact that Covid hit at a moment when this explosion of streamers, including Disney+, was underway and accelerating under its own steam. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 China under its own steam is already collecting and in some cases pilfering troves of data world-wide. Claudia Rosett, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2020

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“Under its own steam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20its%20own%20steam. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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