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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
1790-1800
1790-1800
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Examples for lone hand
  • The trouble about him was his partiality for playing a lone hand.
  • Still, more factors were obviously perturbing the climate system than the lone hand of greenhouse gases.
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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