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lone hand

noun
1.
Cards.
  1. a person who holds a hand so strong that he or she can play a deal without the hand of his or her partner.
  2. the hand played by such a person.
2.
a person who by preference conducts his or her affairs without the advice or assistance of others:
a lone hand in investment circles.
3.
a stand or action taken independently:
a lone hand in the trade negotiations.
Origin of lone hand
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • This is a lone hand I'm playin', doctor, and if I'm euchred, tain't your fault.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • He's makin' his play with a lone hand, and we've got to meet him the same way.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He's played a lone hand, Swan, right from the start, unless I'm badly mistaken.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • Apparently she was a girl who played a lone hand, as they say in America.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • Why, if I had stopped to think, I'd have known you had a lone hand up your sleeve.

  • I had a witness to prove his conspiracy, but I wanted to play a lone hand.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • I'm playing my lone hand in this game, for I'm dead set on getting the ornaments, and I don't mind paying a fancy price for 'em.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • I've been playing a lone hand down in these parts all winter.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • He was fully aware that Roger was going to play a lone hand.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • Whatever his game is, he plays a lone hand as far's this town knows.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
British Dictionary definitions for lone hand

lone hand

noun
1.
(in card games such as euchre) an independent player or hand played without a partner
2.
play a lone hand, to operate without assistance
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