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?

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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

  • "subject to the whims of" is what i'm looking for . thx
    – Pacerier
    Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 1:22

Here is one:

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

  • There is something with your answer. Commented Jun 11, 2011 at 21:01
  • Or, I don't want to be at the mercy of someone else's whims.
    – jyc23
    Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 1:31

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