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a law unto themselves

Meaning: If somebody is a law unto themselves, they do things their own way and follow their own ideas about how to live instead of following what others do.

For example:

  • Our boy Billy is a law unto himself. Of course he sometimes makes mistakes and gets into trouble, but we're proud of him because he doesn't just follow the herd.

  • Our boss does things a bit differently to most other managers, so it's no surprise that some people say he's a law unto himself.

Quick Quiz:

Our Uncle Bernhard is a law unto himself. He
  1. lives in a flat and drives to work
  2. lives in a house and takes a train to work
  3. lives in a caravan and rides a bicycle to work

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