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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

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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.
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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).
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Lead author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University in the US, described a loneliness epidemic with a huge public health impact.
But while awareness has grown about loneliness among older people, far less attention is given to how it affects young people.
According to the Campaign To End Loneliness, more than half the country's 75-year-olds currently live alone.
A strategy to deal with loneliness and isolation - "one of the most significant issues facing people in Wales" - will be published for consultation this year.
The draft plan, now open for consultation, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.
The Commission was set up following Jo's tragic death by her husband, Brendan, to continue the work Jo began in Parliament to tackle loneliness and it has been a privilege to be able to support its work in Parliament over the past 18 months.
Buddies are being encouraged to speak to their neighbours more often to help reduce the impact of loneliness and social isolation.
The consultation will run until April 30 and contribute to a new strategy to tackle loneliness and isolation.
The Commission on Loneliness was first set up by Ms Cox, who was killed before the EU referendum.
According to CNN, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was created as a response to the MP's own experience of isolation.
Ahead of a Downing Street reception today to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs Cox, Mrs May said she was keen to 'shine a light' on the issue of loneliness.
Today (Wednesday 17 January) the Prime Minister will set out how government is tackling loneliness and combating social isolation.
We should all do everything we can to see that, in Jo's memory, we bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness for good," British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement.
I have seen all types of issues with regards to loneliness in the UAE and it isn't always because these individuals were separated from their families.
A widow fromReadinghas shared her experiences of isolation to highlight a campaign against loneliness begun by murdered MP Jo Cox.