Definition of spread one's wings in English:

spread one's wings


  • Extend one's activities and interests or start new ones.

    ‘Other European powers, such as Germany, were spreading their wings and extending their interests.’
    • ‘Let her spread her wings and expand her horizons on her next outing.’
    • ‘Armagh wiped them out in the provincial decider and then Fermanagh stopped them from stretching their wings in the qualifiers.’
    • ‘They certainly seem to want to stretch their wings.’
    • ‘Many emerging leaders won't stretch their wings within a cage of past accomplishments and existing institutions.’
    • ‘They are desperate to stretch their wings and fly; but they don't know how and they don't quite dare.’
    • ‘The life experience gained from spreading your wings to explore the world for a while is priceless.’
    • ‘While it's great to spread your wings, taking a chance for someone other than yourself often has limited success.’
    • ‘Lots of children have gone to university and spread their wings.’
    • ‘We also need to do everything in our power to let our entrepreneurs spread their wings and do business outside of Scotland where the market is many times bigger.’
    expand, spread out, open up, extend