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I'm looking for a chengyu (成语) or a proverb or a phrase that can elegantly express "to walk with one's own legs", which is used to say that someone has learnt enough and doesn't need a master any more.

As an example:

I taught you all what I know, now it's time you walk with your own legs.

  • Do you mean " stand on your own (two) feet"? – Tang Ho Feb 17 '17 at 9:39
  • Not really, that is more like "supporting yourself", "make a living by your own". What I'm looking for here is more of "apply the skills you have learnt". Too fine of a nuance you say? – blackgreen Feb 17 '17 at 9:42
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The term that describes someone has completed his study under a teacher or master is '出師'

There are common phrase like:

藝滿出師 /藝成出師(mastered a craft or art and be independent of one's master)

You can omit '出師' and just say '藝成'

You can omit '藝成' and just say '出師'

學成出師 (completed one's study under a teacher or master)

I taught you all what I know, now it's time you walk with your own legs.

我能教的都教了你,現在是你學成出師的時候了。

學(study) 成(complete) 出(independent of) 師(master)

  • These sound the most appropriate to me, thanks – blackgreen Feb 17 '17 at 12:38
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I collect the following phrases that have the meaning of "independent".

出道
出师
自立
自立门户
自作门户
独当一面
独立自主
自食其力

self-reliant
self-supporting
support oneself
support oneself by one's own labor
earn one's salt
earn one's own living
live by the sweat of one's brow
live by one's own labor
live on one's toil
live on the earnings of one's own work
stand on one's own feet

I think 自食其力 is closest to "to walk with one's own legs".

  • WebSaru, dictall and dict.cn all show that one of the translations of 自食其力 is "stand on one's own feet". Why is the translation of "walk with one's own legs" not 自食其力? – user3a Feb 18 '17 at 12:56
  • I too asked if he meant to say " stand on your own (two) feet" , but the OP said he want to know how to express" someone has learnt enough and doesn't need a master any more." with an idiom. That certainly is not what 自食其力 means. – Tang Ho Feb 19 '17 at 3:56
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The student surpasses the master.

青出于蓝而胜于蓝

  • This one is very apt! – Violapterin Feb 19 '17 at 7:57

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