Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I remember that there is a phrase with the word whims that goes about like this: "I don't want to be reliant on someone else"

Does anyone know what that phrase is?

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted

It's most often used not to express reliance but that someone is bound to carry out someone else's wishes, however trivial they may be. I can't think of a set phrase but it may help you to know that the most common collocation (after a) is with every. Here are some examples from COCA:

...a smiling wife more than happy to cater to his every whim.

...a polished wait staff tends to your every whim.

Why do you have to indulge his every whim?

I didn't notice you were after the plural whims, in this case there is a phrase subject to the whims of, for example:

Fruit blossoms are famously subject to the whims of weather

share|improve this answer
    
"subject to the whims of" is what i'm looking for . thx –  Pacerier Jun 12 '11 at 1:22

Here is one:

I don't want to be a slave to the whims of others.

share|improve this answer
    
+1 Nice. Edited slightly. –  Robusto Jun 11 '11 at 20:06
    
@Robusto, Oops. Thanks. Ugly! –  Alain Pannetier Φ Jun 11 '11 at 20:41
    
There is something with your answer. –  Lelouch Lamperouge Jun 11 '11 at 21:01
    
Or, I don't want to be at the mercy of someone else's whims. –  jyc23 Jun 12 '11 at 1:31

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.