LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/JUL/2009 3:22 AM|
For Americans it means to be without the assistance of others. Yes, that would mean "alone", but if you look at the greater meaning of the phrase, it means that there is no assistance given to the person. It doesn't refer to physical isolation but to the lack of the support, resources, nurturing, etc. of others.
If you marry that cad, you're on your own. (Don't come to me for help.)
I did it on my own. (Nobody helped me.)
When you're on your own... When you are not assisted by others, when you are independent, not when "there is nobody nearby" or "you are by yourself".
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