Miller of Dee
- (idiomatic) Someone who lives independently and unattached to others, especially for selfish reasons.
- 1852, Samuel Warren, The Experiences of a Barrister, page 209:
- Mr. Wallace, although fortified with a letter bearing the mitred seal of the Bishop the diocese, feels that he is about to come in contact with a great power; an awful something that is not to be trifled with; one of the noblest institutions of our land, who is a very Miller of Dee, and accountable to nobody.
- 1920, John Galsworthy, Tatterdemalion, →ISBN, page 82:
- He was a regular "Miller of Dee," caring for nobody; and yet he was likeable, that humorous old stoic, who suffered from gall-stone, and bore horrible bouts of pain like a hero.
- 1992, Claire Rayner, The Strand, →ISBN, page 72:
- "None at all? No parents, no wives, no children of your own?" "Not one, thank God. Miller of Dee, that's me."