go (one's) (own) way

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go (one's) (own) way

To proceed, act, or do things in a direction or manner as one so chooses or desires, especially as is distinct, separate, or different from that of others. After meeting resistance with her partner about how the business should be run, she decided to go her way and open her own law firm. Tom doesn't have a huge amount of friends, but I've never worried about him; he just likes to go his own way in life, and that's fine by me.
See also: go, way
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go your own ˈway

do what you want, especially against the advice of others: Teenagers always go their own way, and it’s no use trying to stop them.
See also: go, own, way
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Her life would be far easier if they went their own ways. With Bill, she could make a home anywhere, one that was far more real, in a house from which broken promises did not sound as from a trumpet.
The club travelled 150 miles to Inverness on Saturday via Glen Coe and the Great Glen, stopping at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.They had a successful charity casino evening at the hotel on Saturday and on Sunday went their own ways travelling areas such as Loch Ness, the Black Isle, and the Moray Motor Museum, ending up at Culloden, the site of the last Jacobite battle in 1746.
Ronan had enjoyed a taste of solo success with his single, When You Say Nothing At All, and the band went their own ways.
UnionJack members went their own ways, playing in a number of different outfits.
It was reported that the glamour pair went their own ways in a so-called "amicable" fashion back in April.
But when the pair fell out and went their own ways, neither could recreate the former glories without the other.
The suburban boys and girls, too, soon went their own ways, but we all kept our love of folk songs and our belief that you should protect the persecuted.
The two strikers went their own ways on much-travelled careers after playing together at Coventry.
It was characterized by two major assumptions: a) that Christian liturgical traditions had their roots in Jewish ones and b) that, from a certain moment onwards, Jews and Christian liturgies went their own ways, completely independently from each other.
They were long renowned as one of the freshest, funkiest acts on the circuit and left behind swathes of disappointed fans when the band went their own ways in 1999.
The Animals, as most people know, had their heyday in the mid-1960s with House of the Rising Sun, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Bring it on Home to Me etc, then the individual members, for various reasons, went their own ways.
The multi-platinum follow-up, Alpha, produced the top ten singles Don't Cry and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes but after its release the four musicians went their own ways.
While she wrote and drew and her brothers went their own ways, her emotionally distant father pursued sex with young boys.