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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

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plough a lone furrow

BRITISH, LITERARY
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.
See also: furrow, lonely, plough
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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).
See also: furrow, plough
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This included a wide spectrum of furrowing responses, such as the formation of unidirectional (Fig.
2F-H) fluorescence microscopy demonstrated that activated eggs undergoing furrowing contained arrays of aligned bundles of microtubules organized in a zipper-like pattern, with the presumed plus ends of the microtubules adjacent to a cleared zone in the middle.
In the present study, a similarly broad range of microtubule organizations was observed in activated eggs undergoing cytokinesis-like furrowing (Fig.
In furrowing eggs with associated microtubule bundles, MKLP1 was localized in the central region of overlap between these bundles (Fig.
In our earlier study on furrow ingression in control and Rappaport furrows (Argiros et al., 2012), we demonstrated that once furrowing commenced, centralspindlin-bundled overlapping microtubules from opposite asters in the equatorial cortex appeared to function as "miniature central spindles" in cytokinetic signaling, and accompanied the furrow as it ingressed to completion.