dance to a different tune

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dance to a different tune

1. To change one's behavior. I'm hoping that a week or two of detention will have these rambunctious students dancing to a different tune.
2. 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 dancing to a different tune. Look, I respect the fact that you like to dance to a different tune, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in such a contrarian way?
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