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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
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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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Happy sounds were heard in his once lonely home, and bright faces gathered round his knee, and listened tenderly while he strove to tell them all the good that gentleness and love had done for him.
Then went the Elves into the dreary prison-houses, where sad hearts pined in lonely sorrow for the joy and freedom they had lost.
Long Eva watched their shining wings, and listened to the music of their voices as they flew singing home, and when at length the last little form had vanished among the clouds, she saw that all around her where the Elves had been, the fairest flowers had sprung up, and the lonely brook-side was a blooming garden.
M2 PRESSWIRE-August 29, 2019-: There is a new app that can help the lonely get together - it's called Socializer.
They used a new method of analysing loneliness that looks at how often people said they felt lonely, how long the feeling of loneliness lasted and how intense it was, each aspect rated by the participants from 1 to 5.
UNPAID carers are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public, new figures suggest.
MORE than half of people living in Newcastle feel lonely, according to a new survey.
The survey also found 42% of people in Newcastle said not wanting to burden other people with their problems was a reason for why they would not talk to someone if they felt lonely.
New York, NY, April 23, 2019 --(PR.com)-- The Lonely Entrepreneur announced today the launch of its non-profit to empower women, minorities, youth and those less fortunate with the entrepreneurial skills they'll need to succeed in today's hypercompetitive world.
9 April 2019 - US-based travel media company Lonely Planet has acquired Trill Travel, allowing the brand to convert influencers' digital content into bookable experiences, the company said.
To attract and incentivize influencers, Lonely Planet will also adopt Trill's revenue share model, which automatically pays out commissions for confirmed bookings tied to each individual post.
After receiving backlash on social media for publishing a video claiming that the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces was built by the Chinese, travel guide Lonely Planet on Monday evening recognized its mistake, saying the controversial video was 'misleading'.
Harley Rustad; BIG LONELY DOUG; House of Anansi (Nonfiction: Ecology & Environment) 18.95 ISBN: 9781487003111