I’m reading Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, where in Ch 6 it says:

Men of other régiments came to visit the Mavericks. The Mavericks went visiting on their own account.

What does it mean, on their own account? My understanding of account is either “report, description “, or something like a “bank account “, but seems neither works here.

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"On one's own account" is an idiom and it means for one's own purpose.


  • If you do something on your own account, you do it because you want to and without being asked, and you take responsibility for your own action.

  • If you take part in a business activity on your own account, you do it for yourself, and not as a representative or employee of a company.


Without requiring or having been given instruction, prompting, or guidance from others; by one's own effort or energy.

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