sow one's wild oats


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sow one's wild oats

To indulge in wild behavior, especially sexual promiscuity, while young; from inexperienced farmers using the seed of wild oats (that would not produce a crop) and having to learn not to do this by experience.
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Verb1.sow one's wild oats - live promiscuously and self-indulgently
pander, gratify, indulge - yield (to); give satisfaction to
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There are a number of good reasons for this, but in our hedonistic culture, there is the desire to sow one's wild oats before settling down.
Contrary to popular belief, youth is not the only time to experience different ways of living and sow one's wild oats, but it sure as shootin' ain't a bad time, either.