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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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Furrows have access to 1,000s of vehicles direct from manufacturer programmes and supply partners of reputable nature which guarantees their quality and authenticity.
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.
Ridge and furrow was once commonplace across the country - a legacy of the open field system of farming when individuals ploughed their own furrow.
In Pakistan, wheat sown on 70 cm bed and furrow system in the rice-wheat area of Punjab produced good yields due to better spike length, number of grains per spike [15].
The spinach sown on raised beds produced taller plants (34.50 cm), followed by ridge bed (furrow) pattern (34.00 cm).
The incidence of diaphragmatic furrows as reported by Auh et al (1984) [9] was 63%.
The irrigation methods were furrow irrigation for furrow and flood irrigation for uniform row and wide-narrow row.
The investment costs for irrigation systems also vary considerably, from about $210 per acre for furrow and $556 per acre for a quarter-section center-pivot system, to $1,200 per acre for an SDI installation in 2011 dollar values (Amosson et al.
The ability of microtubules of the mitotic apparatus to control the positioning and initiation of the cleavage furrow during cytokinesis was first established from studies on early echinoderm embryos.
Present study was attempted to compare drip and furrow irrigation methods for water use efficiency, water saving, yield and yield components of sunflower.
2009) in having a strongly convex (tr.) and wide pygidial axis with at least four rings plus a terminal piece, in having narrow pleural fields with three or four pairs of distinct pleural furrows and in having a well-defined pygidial border with four or five pairs of very short, blunt spines.
The model was found to be most sensitive to stream size and least sensitive to time of flow of water in the furrows.
A ripper tine cracks open the compacted plough pan, allowing for deep root penetration, while wings fitted on the tines create furrows that guide rain water to the planting lines, thus creating infield rain water harvesting.
Under raised-bed cultivation, however, crop residues tend to occupy the furrows, leaving the top of beds rather clean (Boulal et al.