Sow your wild oats

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To do absurd and inappropriate things in one’s youth, to do silly things and activities when young

Etymology:

  • The expression originated from wild oats.  It was believed since 194 B.C that a wild oat s grows into a wild weed which is not of useful purpose or any good. This popular and common expression has been linked with the youth who idle away their time in indulging into some ridiculous and inane activities. It also referred to do pointless and unnecessary things when one is young.
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Youth is such a sensitive, reckless and exciting phase where many sow their wild oats and later some regret and some simply laugh out.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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