sow one's wild oats

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sow one's wild oats live promiscuously and self-indulgently
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sow one's wild oats to indulge in the usual youthful dissipations
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. áta, pl. átan.

Usage

In literature:

It is too late to begin sowing one's wild oats.
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter
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