different drummer

idiom

US
used in phrases such as march to the beat of a different drummer to describe a person who thinks, lives, or behaves in an unusual way
His strange behavior was no surprise—he had always marched to (the beat of) a different drummer.
Her friends went to college, but she heard a different drummer and moved to the city to be an actor.

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Recent Examples on the Web Mary Belle Spencer might have been genetically predisposed to marching to the beat of a different drummer. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2023

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“Different drummer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/different%20drummer. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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