one-man show

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one-man show

Also, one-man band. A person who does or manages just about everything, as in This department is a one-man showthe chairman runs it all, or John conducts the interviews, writes the articles, solicits ads, deals with the printerhe's a one-man band. This idiom alludes to the actor or artist responsible for the entire performance or exhibit, or the musician who plays every instrument in the group. [First half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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