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a lonely little petunia in an onion patch

One who is 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
References in classic literature ?
Cabin-boy at twelve, ship's boy at fourteen, ordinary seamen at sixteen, able seaman at seventeen, and cock of the fo'c'sle, infinite ambition and infinite loneliness, receiving neither help nor sympathy, I did it all for myself--navigation, mathematics, science, literature, and what not.
Now and then that sort of enthusiasm finds a far-echoing voice that comes from an experience springing out of the deepest need; and it was by being brought within the long lingering vibrations of such a voice that Maggie, with her girl's face and unnoted sorrows, found an effort and a hope that helped her through years of loneliness, making out a faith for herself without the aid of established authorities and appointed guides; for they were not at hand, and her need was pressing.
Using longitudinal HILDA data that had not been available to Flood in 2001, Baker (2012) was able to look for patterns of loneliness over the 10 year time period 2001-2012.
In ten chapters he considers the nature and classification of loneliness; the relationship between loneliness, the singularity of self, and "the schizoid condition"; the different ways to classify and navigate the structures of personality; personality disorders and their classification; neuroticism and loneliness; the limits of self-determinism; and the application of these topics in a therapeutic context.
PITTSBURGH, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For older adults, loneliness is a major risk factor for health problems - such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's - and death.
nations with the highest levels of loneliness are found in Eastern Europe,
CHICAGO -- Research on the psychology of loneliness is helping a large nonprofit organization better address the needs of socially isolated elders living in the community and, indirectly, reduce stress and burnout among the staff and volunteers who serve them.
The authors explore associations between objective and subjective social network characteristics and loneliness in later life, using data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationally representative sample of individuals ages 57 to 85 in the United States.
Asad Ikram, another senior citizen said that loneliness is also a big problem for them whether they are alone at home or in an old age home.
The association between loneliness and excessive internet use among secondary school students was examined.
At the same time, loneliness and a sense of isolation are a facet of modern life.
Not the loneliness of solitude, which is serf-chosen and often healing.
Loneliness is like a diseaseAuand whatAAEs worse, itAAEs contagious.
Loneliness driving elderly people to shoplifting: police
This attention shift may result in loneliness (Brage, Meredith, & Woodward, 1993; de Jong-Gierveld, 1987; Medora & Woodward, 1986; Peplau & Perlman, 1982).