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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
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • With an assistance you may play a lone hand with less strength than otherwise.

    The Laws of Euchre H. C. Leeds
  • Apparently she was a girl who played a lone hand, as they say in America.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • I've got to play a lone hand, but when it's over, I—I don't know.

    The Fifth Ace

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

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant
  • Why, if I had stopped to think, I'd have known you had a lone hand up your sleeve.

  • He must play a lone hand and a cautious one—until he found Dr. Holcomb.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • I've been playing a lone hand down in these parts all winter.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Bismarck played a lone hand in the creation of the German empire.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • 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

(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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