march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

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march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

To do something, act, or behave in a manner that does not conform to the standard, prevalent, or popular societal norm. My brother's eschewed the idea of a full-time career and has had every oddball job you could think of, but then he's always been happy marching to the beat of his own drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
See also: beat, drum, march, own
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before seen "Well, he has only toured with us a few times, maybe three or four, and he marches to the beat of his own drum.
DS Stone marches to the beat of his own drum," explains another detective when she complains that he's fallen out with her after only two hours.
DS Stone marches to the beat of his own drum," explains another detective " when she complains that he's fallen out with her after only two hours.
The owner of Newcastle marches to the beat of his own drum and will care little for the Football Association's disciplinary measures.
He is a charismatic individualist and curious 2-D line drawing born in the age of invention and experimentation who marches to the beat of his own drum.
He symbolizes the basic nature of this school because he marches to the beat of his own drum, but at the same time he gets everyone to follow him on the right path," said Mike Nugent, Bowman's work-experience teacher.
Devon, sporting a talent that is both raw and undisciplined, has one problem: He marches to the beat of his own drum.