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a law unto (oneself)

One who does whatever they desire and/or ignore rules and regulations. If you need to delegate, I wouldn't ask Gina—she is a law unto herself, and it's hard to persuade her to do anything she's not interested in. How many times has Jason been arrested now? Geez, he sure is a law unto himself!
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law unto

A phrase used to describe someone who acts independently of what is normal or expected. Julie has always marched to the beat of her own drum. She's a law unto herself.
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a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
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The jury heard that when the Rutherfords had threatened to go to the police, Thoms warned them not to and said: "I am a law unto myself.
After a jury found him guilty of blackmail, Recorder John Muir described Thoms' behaviour as "deplorable", telling him: "You seem to have considered yourself a law unto yourself with no concerns about how your actions would affect hard-working, honest members of the public.