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feel one's oats

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1

Feel frisky or animated, as in School was out, and they were feeling their oats. This usage alludes to the behavior of a horse after having been fed. [Early 1800s]

2

Display self-importance, as in He was feeling his oats, bossing everyone around. [Mid-1800s]

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