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lone wolf

noun, Informal.
a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for lone wolf
  • Scientific projects are becoming more of a group effort than a lone wolf outing.
  • Zoo staff immediately made preparations to tranquilize or net this lone wolf from the secondary containment area.
  • Isolated at the center of the canvas, a lone wolf stares with narrowed eyes into the viewer's space.
  • However, this can be difficult to accomplish with a lone wolf that is roaming across wide areas.
  • WS investigations are continuing but it appears it was a dog, but possibly even a lone wolf.
British Dictionary definitions for lone wolf

lone wolf

a person who prefers to be alone
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lone wolf

A person who prefers to do without the company or assistance of others. For example, Her nursery school teacher described Beth as a lone wolf, an assessment her parents found astonishing. This expression alludes to the tendency of some species of wolf to hunt alone rather than in packs. [ c. 1900 ]
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