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law unto

A phrase used to describe someone who acts independently of what is normal or expected. Julie has always marched to the beat of her own drum. She's a law unto herself.
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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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a law unto (oneself)

A totally independent operator: An executive who is a law unto herself.
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References in classic literature ?
Likewise beautiful women have always been a law unto themselves.
Serves them right, but Hollywood and the music industry appear to be a law unto themselves.
Disregard of the law leads to anarchy, where people are a law unto themselves and chaos reigns,' Okero had said.
The people should not take law into their hands and they should not behave as if they were law unto themselves.
The city council management team have become a law unto themselves, the city's housing department are incompetent beyond belief, they just could not care less and runs its services on a 'cheapskate' basis, just like the rest of the council's services.
They are a law unto themselves with seemingly no accountability for their actions.
If the BCCI thinks that they are a law unto themselves, then they are wrong.
I suppose a bit of forward planning would be to much to expect and the work started at the beginning of the school holidays or is Northern Gas like the council - a law unto themselves.
They targeted Scottish workers and environmental activists campaigning at Gleneagles, tricked women into sexual relationships based on deception and acted as a law unto themselves.
NCC do not listen to anyone, they are a law unto themselves.
It seems they area law unto themselves, that is, they appear to be above the law.
HAVING read your front page of December 30 regarding the taxi driver and his dangerous antics, I do not envy taxi drivers but they do seem to be a law unto themselves.
Avasthi and municipal chairman Anil Baldawa, became law unto themselves and forced the Mandal town police to release an accused from the police station at around 2 am on Friday.
For far too long operators targeting private car parks and property were a law unto themselves.
Too long they have been a law unto themselves and have failed the public.