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lone hand

  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.
a person who by preference conducts his or her affairs without the advice or assistance of others:
a lone hand in investment circles.
a stand or action taken independently:
a lone hand in the trade negotiations.
Origin of lone hand
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I am rather inclined to think that denting was done when I did my lone-hand portage at Rock Island.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • It is because of all these things that Barry had preferred to make this particular photographing trip a lone-hand one.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • The influence of this lone-hand way of playing the game extends very far.

  • He actually quitted his cell (for the only occasion on record) and started on a lone-hand raid against his adversaries stronghold.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • Whatever the cause, it was plainly enough to be seen that the heavy knot had not cracked the lone-hand Kid's spine.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • Whatever his innermost emotions may have been, his expression gave no hint that the mouthings of the lone-hand Kid had sunk in.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for lone-hand

lone hand

(in card games such as euchre) an independent player or hand played without a partner
play a lone hand, to operate without assistance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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