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plough (one's) own furrow

To do something in isolation; to act without the help or influence of others. Primarily heard in UK. I tried to offer Jonathan help with the project, but he'd rather plough his own furrow. As an artist, I think you should try to plough your own furrow before worrying what other people might want.
See also: furrow, own, plough

plough a lone(ly) furrow

To do something in isolation; to act without the help of others. Primarily heard in UK. I tried to offer Jonathan help with the project, but he'd rather plough a lone furrow.
See also: furrow, plough
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plough a lonely furrow


plough a lone furrow

If someone ploughs a lonely furrow or ploughs a lone furrow, they do something by themselves and in their own way, without any help or support from other people. It seems that Shattock was something of an original thinker, ploughing a lonely furrow. Stein sandwich bar continues to plough a lone furrow as the building's only occupant. Note: This expression is very variable. Their government is more than adept at ploughing its own diplomatic furrow. Note: A furrow is a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plough.
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plough a lonely (or your own) furrow

follow a course of action in which you are isolated or in which you can act independently.
See also: furrow, lonely, plough
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ˌplough a lonely, your own, etc. ˈfurrow

(literary) do things that other people do not do, or be interested in things that other people are not interested in: There are several English teachers at the school, but Jeanne continues to plough a lonely furrow, teaching French and German.
A furrow is a long narrow cut in the ground made by a plough (= a large piece of farming equipment used for cutting the soil).
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To cover the seeds, most furrow openers were equipped with a short chain with three large links that dragged behind pulling loose soil into the furrow and smoothing it over the seeds.
The ridge-furrow planting comprises land preparation, broadcasting of seed, and formation of ridges and furrow with the ridger, while the farmer's practice includes land preparation and broadcasting of the seed and shallow cultivation with the cultivator and planking.
The spinach sown on raised beds produced taller plants (34.50 cm), followed by ridge bed (furrow) pattern (34.00 cm).
The order of the CCI was furrow > wide-narrow row > uniform row (except at GS65 in 2008-2009, in which the order of CCI was furrow > uniform row > wide-narrow row).
The purpose of these evaluations has been (1) to determine whether yields can be achieved with overhead irrigation that are comparable to yields achieved with furrow and drip irrigation for wheat, corn, cotton, tomato, onion and broccoli; (2) to develop best management practices for overhead irrigation that can be used to increase the performance of this technology in California; and (3) to synthesize recent farmer experiences with overhead irrigation for a variety of crops in California.
Although the astral microtubule signaling hypothesis for furrow specification is well supported by a number of studies using echinoderm embryos, it has been interpreted as running counter to the large body of evidence in other experimental systems showing that signals derived from the chromosomes and the central spindle are responsible for Rho activation and subsequent cytokinesis (reviewed in Glotzer, 2009; Green et al., 2012; White and Glotzer, 2012).
Cover some of the best and worst combinations, Furrow advises, so that servers can steer people away from disasters without being a slave to the rules.
Key words: Drip and Furrow irrigation system, sunflower, seed index, water use efficiency and yield
The effect of trickle and furrow irrigation systems on yield and water use efficiency of garlic population of Hamedan.
"The NCAP Field Coordinator arranged for a private service provider to rip furrow my land at the end of October.
The average C[O.sub.2] efflux corresponding to a planting system was calculated by weighing the values obtained in each bed and furrow with or without traffic position according to the area that they represented (bed 50% and furrows 25% each).
Furrow presents fresh editions of 10 humorous poems, bourdes, from the 15th century for learners of Middle English, divided into tales of white magic, fiends and risen corpses, Arthurian bourdes, and kings and commoners.