With less to lose and nothing to prove, the maverick is not in a conciliatory mood—he'd rather speak his mind and make a stand.
maverick's "education" is part of a growing wisdom that good old-fashioned play may be better than hitting the books.
Before he introduced the world to maverick and Goose, Tony Scott was just your average ad man—save for his exceptional talent.
1867, "calf or yearling found without an owner's brand," so called for Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves. Sense of "individualist, unconventional person" is first recorded 1886, via notion of "masterless."