a law unto (oneself)

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a law unto (oneself)

One who does whatever they desire, ignoring the 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*law unto oneself

Fig. one who ignores laws or rules; one who sets one's own standards of behavior. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) You can't get Bill to follow the rules. He's a law unto himself. Jane is a law unto herself. She's totally unwilling to cooperate.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

law unto oneself

A person who is totally independent, especially one who ignores established rules. For example, You can't tell Marge how to punctuate; she's a law unto herself. [Second half of 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a law unto yourself

COMMON If you describe a person or organization as a law unto themselves, you mean that they do what they want, ignoring laws, rules, or usual ways of doing things. He does his work well but in an unconventional way. He is truly a law unto himself. Most athletic departments are pretty much a law unto themselves — unaccountable in terms of where this money goes.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a law unto himˈself, herˈself, etc.

a person who does what they want, even when this is against the rules and customs of a group or society in general: That man is a law unto himself. He comes to work when he likes, and when he’s here he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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GORDON TAYLOR has told Paolo Di Canio (above, right) "he cannot be a law unto himself" after the manager fined Sunderland players for ill-discipline.
Phil Bardsley, who was pictured on his back in a casino draped in PS50 notes looked to be a law unto himself. As did West Brom's Liam Ridgewell when he was pictured wiping his backside with PS20 notes last year.
But the father of three was a law unto himself. For Beer, of Pontiac, US, fathered NINE children with a secret mistress.
Taylor (right) last night confirmed the brewing discontent and said: "He cannot be a law unto himself. We're aware of player unrest at some comments made publicly, and other situations.
Jerry Ham, 34, argued it is "tyrannical" for the drug to be illegal, but Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC told the jury: "What he is asking you to say is that he is a law unto himself."