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a lonely little petunia in an onion patch

To be out of place among those one finds unpleasant, uncouth, or overly aggressive. Taken from a 1946 song of the same name by Johnny Kimano, Billy Faber, and Maurie Hartmann. I'm feeling really uncomfortable in this rowdy sports bar, like a lonely little petunia in an onion patch.
See also: little, lonely, onion, patch

plough a lone/lonely furrow

  (mainly British literary)
to do something alone and without help from other people He'd always been happier working in isolation, ploughing a lone furrow.
See also: lone, plough
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Materialism does not necessarily lead to a vicious cycle in which shopping makes consumers lonelier.
In both populations, those who were lonelier produced significantly higher levels of a cytokine called interleukin-6, or IL-6, in response to acute stress than did participants who were more socially connected.
Participants who sensed less sadness in their peers said they were lonelier and spent more time brooding over their own problems.
2 billion years ago - a time when the cosmos was a far lonelier place.
Another friend, who has a disability that requires him to use a wheelchair, said he didn't know of any place where he felt lonelier than a congregational setting.
Without them, the challenge would be harder and lonelier.
and you are utterly alone with these sentences lonelier than dialogues,
It seems like the world is a lonelier place, the sun doesn't seem to shine as bright, the wind seems to blow colder, the grey days seem to be a little greyer because my father has gone.
As Carl's world becomes lonelier and lonelier, we reach the crux of his problem.
But a life filled with superficial relationships and no concrete love have Charlie lonelier than ever -- that is, until he meets Cam (Jessica Alba).
Of course, the girls become fast friends and exclude Celeste from their relationship, causing her to feel lonelier than before they came to stay.
assistant professor of the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, conducted three experiments to determine how people deal with the effects of social isolation, he found three significant results: 1) the lonelier people felt, the more likely they were to describe gadgets (iPods or recliners, for instance) in human terms; 2) lonely people are more likely to believe in God, angels, or miracles; and 3) lonely people are more likely to describe their pets in positive human terms, such as "compassionate," "thoughtful," or "considerate.
Furthermore, the glasshouse could be a reaction towards Modern life, which has undoubtedly made us more individualistic and as a result lonelier.
Being a rabbi during Christmas has to be a lonelier job.
There is disagreement about whether menor women are lonelier (Neto, 2004).