a law unto (oneself)

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a law unto (oneself)

Someone who does whatever they desire, ignoring the rules and regulations. If you need to delegate, I wouldn't ask Gina—she is a law unto herself, and it's hard to persuade her to do anything she's not interested in. How many times has Jason been arrested now? Geez, he sure is a law unto himself! The country will be met with swift sanctions if their president continues to act as a law unto himself.
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*law unto oneself

Fig. one who ignores laws or rules; one who sets one's own standards of behavior. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) You can't get Bill to follow the rules. He's a law unto himself. Jane is a law unto herself. She's totally unwilling to cooperate.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

law unto oneself

A person who is totally independent, especially one who ignores established rules. For example, You can't tell Marge how to punctuate; she's a law unto herself. [Second half of 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a law unto yourself

COMMON If you describe a person or organization as a law unto themselves, you mean that they do what they want, ignoring laws, rules, or usual ways of doing things. He does his work well but in an unconventional way. He is truly a law unto himself. Most athletic departments are pretty much a law unto themselves — unaccountable in terms of where this money goes.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a law unto himˈself, herˈself, etc.

a person who does what they want, even when this is against the rules and customs of a group or society in general: That man is a law unto himself. He comes to work when he likes, and when he’s here he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.
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a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It was as if she had been made afresh out of new elements, and must perforce be permitted to live her own life, and be a law unto herself without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime.
There was not enough sea, though, to disturb even a dory's tackle, but the Carrie Pitman was a law unto herself. At the end of the boys' watch they heard the crack-crack-crack of a huge muzzle-loading revolver aboard her.
The glam barrister, 40, is a law unto herself in a corset, trouser and train combo by Brit designer Richard Quinn.
In the second image, these scraps appear to have metamorphosed into a group of ethereal women who bathe and speak together, one of whom resembles Carrington herself: standing tall, her leonine hair thrown back, this Leonora is a law unto herself, imbued with animalistic powers.
A lost cause because climatic change is activated by Mother Nature and Mother Nature is a law unto herself. She has a mind of her own and will forever remain indestructible.
It did the same with the boss of the Migration Department, who after so many years in the post had become a law unto herself, abusing her powers and being accountable to nobody.
Bush, reminded Davis that she could not be a law unto herself.
Alternatively, the only other perspective is that Ms Messent is a law unto herself.
Yes, Trixie the Jack Russell, who was a law unto herself. She was my seventh birthday present and she used to jump so high it took your breath away - such energy for such a small dog.
Instead of respecting the judgment, Gandhi suspended fundamental rights, imposed Press censorship and became a law unto herself.
THE inflated glamour model is a law unto herself, revealing as much as possible as often as possible.
Nigella is a law unto herself. She can just "glide serenely to the fridge" or "have a walk round my frozen kitchen garden".
Law unto herself: Daniela is excited but nervous about playing hard-living coke-taking lawyer Anna after such a long time' All together now: This Life's Warren (Jason Hughes), Anna (Daniela Nardini), Egg (Andrew Lincoln), Milly (Amita Dhitri) and Miles (Jack Davenport) are back after 10 years for a long-awaited sequel to the landmark series that won acclaim of fans and critics
A LAW UNTO HERSELF: Jenny Seagrove,above, finds her character Jo Mills,left, in trouble in the new series of Judge John Deed