go (one's) (own) way

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go (one's) (own) way

To proceed, act, or do things in a direction or manner as one so chooses or desires, especially as is distinct, separate, or different from that of others. After meeting resistance with her partner about how the business should be run, she decided to go her way and open her own law firm. Tom doesn't have a huge amount of friends, but I've never worried about him; he just likes to go his own way in life, and that's fine by me.
See also: go, way

go your own ˈway

do what you want, especially against the advice of others: Teenagers always go their own way, and it’s no use trying to stop them.
See also: go, own, way
References in classic literature ?
But before I reveal to you the secret of the treasure, you must swear that, after we have loaded the camels with as much as they can carry, you will give half to me, and let us go our own ways. I think you will see that this is fair, for if you present me with forty camels, I on my side will give you the means of buying a thousand more."
When the blessings that bind us together end, we must go our own ways. On the deathbed, nothing matters to us: not even the love of our parents and that of our children because no matter how much they claim to love us, they can never sacrifice their lives for us if they ever have to.
"We were either going to say 'thanks very much' and go our own ways or start preparing for the quarter-finals.
If it doesn't work out we'll go our own ways at the end of the season, but if it works we bought him for over pounds 1m, sold him for pounds 5m and brought him back for nothing, so that's been decent business." Victor Anichebe is Everton's only currently injured player, but Moyes said that McFadden's arrival could be crucial if the club's injury jinx returns.
It won't be difficult to go our own ways. We're individual and we're not scared to go off on our own.
``We haven't lived in each other's pockets and from the start decided we would go our own ways as well as working together,''confided Cleo whose trademark is the warbling which can see her shift from a smoky whisper hauling up four octaves to the top of the vocal register without so much as a tremble.
"If it doesn't work out for whatever reasons, we can still both go our own ways." Gund, an enthusiast of the initiative, doesn't see it not working out, although she does acknowledge a possibility (at least a teensy one) that truly edgy and inconvenient contemporary art could find itself ghettoized across the East River.
By that time, I decided that the holiday was going to be a nightmare if we carried on together, so I suggested that we split up and go our own ways. That holiday became my first solo trip, and I had a fantastic time.
We had a few meetings and decided to go our own ways, quite amicably.
We decided to go our own ways because the relationship wasn't working .
''That was a fantastic experience and we were all very sad when it ended and we had to go our own ways. I don't think basketball would have taken me to these heights."
We gave our relationship a go in the UK but it wasn't working so we agreed amicably to go our own ways.
His views were endorsed by Lyon who stated on the same day: "Either we can go our own ways and Labour can run a minority administration or they can accept the majority decision and get rid of fees."