Definition of be a law unto oneself in English:

be a law unto oneself

phrase

  • Behave in a manner that is not conventional or predictable:

    ‘she was a law unto herself and did what she wanted to do’
    • ‘Our bus and autorickshaw drivers are a law unto themselves.’
    • ‘How is it that such ‘brave’ people cannot handle the auto rickshaw drivers who have become a law unto themselves?’
    • ‘‘But unless these kids are tightly controlled and organised, they will become a law unto themselves,’ said a media source who asked not to be named.’
    • ‘It encourages others to become a law unto themselves, and it becomes a precedent for the government to do that again and again and again.’
    • ‘In the decades since World War II, as military leaders and monarchs smothered democratic life, the security agencies have become a law unto themselves.’
    • ‘Instances of suppression, third degree methods and atrocities committed against the innocent have left them with no other conclusion than that the police are a law unto themselves.’
    • ‘They are all 17, their A-level exams this summer loom like a nasty, scholastic Matterhorn, but in this half-term break they are a law unto themselves.’
    • ‘It is the mentality of members of the current government to think they are a law unto themselves and that they have the right to, without redress, build this and take that!’
    • ‘She said: ‘They're a law unto themselves and they thought it was amusing I had to give in.’’
    • ‘Developers are a law unto themselves, above the normal laws of community, ruling not only local government, but state and federal governments - a very dangerous situation for us all.’