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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

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 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

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

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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According to Savva and Frenken [24], the width of the furrows varies from 45 to 65 cm, and the furrow spacing varies between 0.
Caudal furrow absent; if present, restricted to submargin only for a certain distance, not connecting with the posterior margin of vasiform orifice.
The mean grain yield under disk-type furrow opener, reverse-hoe type furrow opener and hoe-type furrow opener were 4.
Mailhol (2003) attempted to validate a predictive form of the Horton infiltration for simulating furrow irrigation.
When, the length of furrow is divided into two sections, under irrigation status still dominates.
The higher soil water status produced by mound and ridge furrows compared with soils located at different positions of mound and ridge could be related to higher clay content of mound and ridge furrow soils due to scraping of top soil.
Dutifully, I stepped, plunged, stepped, plunged, planting each potato a foot farther down the furrow from its fellow, my arm a steady piston.
Soil deposited at lower reaches of furrows is not lost but may include subsoil eroded from the upper reaches that have chemical and physical problems that decrease productivity in deposition areas.
If we had the sort of riches they have, we could all have faces with no furrows or lines.
Straight, even furrows are the mark of a good plowman.
Soil water and alfalfa yields as affected by alternating ridges and furrows in rainfall harvest in a semiarid environment.
In the 2008 no-till wheat plots, however, we did notice lower plant populations in the bottoms of residue-laden furrows due to difficulties the no-till grain drill had in seeding and in placing seed in good contact with soil.
We also showed that secondary Rappaport furrows required CPC activity.
Furrows Group has decided to adopt the MIDaS B2B and Cameo platforms of CAM to facilitate establishment of a further improved ordering system based on the internet platform.