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a lonely little petunia in an onion patch

One who is out of place among those one finds unpleasant, uncouth, or overly aggressive. Taken from a 1946 song of the same name by Johnny Kimano, Billy Faber, and Maurie Hartmann. I'm feeling really uncomfortable in this rowdy sports bar, like a lonely little petunia in an onion patch.
See also: little, lonely, onion, patch

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 a lonely furrow


plough a lone furrow

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.
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plough a lonely (or your own) furrow

follow a course of action in which you are isolated or in which you can act independently.
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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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Alexander Dikovas mother told the New York Daily News that her son may return to his homeland because wife Yingyi Li-Dikovas death Sunday in Flushingas Kissena Park has left him lonelier than ever in New York.
Sioned decides to tell Ed about her condition but she doesn't receive the reaction she was expecting and this makes her feel lonelier and more isolated than ever.
Keith, the world is a lonelier place without the best man we have ever known.
ELDERLY people in Britain are lonelier and poorer that those in similar European countries, international research suggests.
What the summit of the leaders of Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro in Ohid showed is that Macedonia has never been lonelier and that the number countries with which it can practice regional cooperation are shrinking.
I was twenty-one years old and although I was married with two little girls I have never felt lonelier.
Participants who sensed less sadness in their peers said they were lonelier and spent more time brooding over their own problems.
2 billion years ago - a time when the cosmos was a far lonelier place.
Another friend, who has a disability that requires him to use a wheelchair, said he didn't know of any place where he felt lonelier than a congregational setting.
Without them, the challenge would be harder and lonelier.
and you are utterly alone with these sentences lonelier than dialogues,
It seems like the world is a lonelier place, the sun doesn't seem to shine as bright, the wind seems to blow colder, the grey days seem to be a little greyer because my father has gone.
As Carl's world becomes lonelier and lonelier, we reach the crux of his problem.
But a life filled with superficial relationships and no concrete love have Charlie lonelier than ever -- that is, until he meets Cam (Jessica Alba).
Steam, now in theaters, introduces three women: Doris (the amazing Ruby Dee), who, after losing her husband, grows older and lonelier and questions whether she will be happy again; single mom Laurie (scene stealer Ally Sheedy), who tries to raise a son while enduring her ex-husband and his new trophy girlfriend; and Elizabeth (Kate Siegal), a college student who struggles to reconcile her desire for a female classmate with the values of her religious family.