Definition of plough a lonely (or one's own) furrow in English:

plough a lonely (or one's own) furrow


  • Follow a course of action in which one is isolated or in which one can act independently.

    ‘it is more sensible for the college as a whole to act than for individual departments to plough a lonely furrow’
    • ‘They're so divorced from any other music right now, plowing their own furrow, yet still intimately connected to the fabric of contemporary culture.’
    • ‘For far too long McGrath has ploughed a lonely furrow, been the shining light for Waterford without the adequate support but not this year.’
    • ‘A latecomer to rugby, he has always ploughed his own furrow.’
    • ‘They are surrounded by some of the smartest, most cutting edge restaurants in town but, as Mills puts it, ‘Food-wise we plough our own furrow’.’
    • ‘Since then Alison has been in and out of the public spotlight, but has always ploughed her own furrow through the music wilderness.’
    • ‘Elected to the Dáil in 1981, he has won the respect of many, at times ploughing a lonely furrow as an unabashed socialist and campaigner on international issues.’
    • ‘Willoughby's determination to plow his own furrow gave every appearance of being a separate and discordant maneuver by radical back-bench peers.’
    • ‘McMurdo shrugs happily and says she prefers to plough her own furrow unhindered by media hype.’
    • ‘I think the experience of the last few years really has been that we do better when we plough our own furrow as a party.’
    • ‘Many collectors are fiercely independent and plough their own furrow.’