Miller of Dee
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- (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.