a law unto (itself)

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a law unto (itself)

A body, organization, company, etc., that ignores rules and regulations in order to further its own interests. If banks didn't try to operate as a law unto themselves, the federal government wouldn't need to step in. The country will be met with swift sanctions if it continues to act as a law unto itself. That's why the regulatory body exists—to keep each company from acting as a law unto itself.
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a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
See also: law, unto
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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We shouldn't be surprised by this - the aristocracy were always a law unto themselves.
But as far as football matters are concerned in this country the FA are the law, so you can say yes, they are a law unto themselves.
Major INQ 1025 told the Saville Inquiry: "It is fair to say that the Paras are a different breed from other soldiers and if anyone thought they were a law unto themselves, I could understand that."
They seem to be a law unto themselves and forget why they are there.
A law unto themselves, a danger on the roads, and a killer let loose when you see the speeds some of them do.
"They are a law unto themselves, and regulated by themselves,'' said Mr Kilcoyne.
Over a year ago I asked for the help of my local councillor but it would appear Sustrans are a law unto themselves.
at's nearly 60 innocent children bombed out of existence by an Israeli government that appears to be a law unto themselves.
The banks were a law unto themselves and their, now disgraced, bosses had easy access to the Finance Minister of the time, Brian Cowen.
But feminists are not unlike them in the way they disregard others - they are also a law unto themselves. Take for instance some WAGs.
WHO hasn't felt at some time or other, that the police can appear to be a law unto themselves?
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From what I've seen, law breaking bikers seem to be immune to speed cameras and appear to be a law unto themselves. It really is time something was done about them.
I must reply to the letter, A law unto themselves (Viewpoints), by Karen Davidson.
Those parasitic landlords are a law unto themselves.