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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.
See also: furrow, lonely, plough

plough a lonely (or your own) furrow

follow a course of action in which you are isolated or in which you can act independently.
See also: furrow, lonely, plough

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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A report found 30 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are causing them to feel lonely as they have replaced face-to-face contact.
SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR EVEN if a child doesn't say they're lonely you may pick up signs, for example if they: | ALWAYS come out of school alone; | AREN'T invited on play dates; | DON'T go out with friends or have them round; | SEEM to have a cloud over their head and sigh a lot; | SAY they feel sad or depressed, and | SPEND a lot of time by themselves or in their room - although, remember some children are content to spend a lot of time alone, while others may be part of a large social circle but still feel lonely.
She will tell the Royal College's annual conference in Liverpool that for many patients their "main problem" is that they are lonely.
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often lonely It's a behaviour Maybe there's even a gym or sports club you could both join to coax her out of her isolation.
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THE Campaign to End Loneliness is calling for more support for older people all year round following new research indicating they are more likely to feel lonely in summer.
Lonely: People feel lonely for a number of reasons, including simple social awkwardness and intentional isolation, or because they are physically far from their family and friends.