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lone wolf

[lohn woo lf] /ˈloʊn ˈwʊlf/
noun
1.
a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.
2.
a criminal who acts alone (often used attributively):
lone-wolf terrorists.
Origin of lone wolf
1905-1910
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10
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Examples from the Web for lone wolf
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  • The old, lone wolf leaped sideways, snarling, and slunk away.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • The lone wolf followed, religiously, the ghostly directions.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • That was the one favouring chance that lay before the lone wolf.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Bruce kept the horse, and lone wolf and he never had any trouble again.

    Jack the Young Explorer George Bird Grinnell
  • Kiopo never met the lone wolf; and Goshmeelee bulging with berries did not blab.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
British Dictionary definitions for lone wolf

lone wolf

noun
1.
a person who prefers to be alone
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Idioms and Phrases with lone wolf

lone wolf

A person who prefers to do without the company or assistance of others. For example, Her nursery school teacher described Beth as a lone wolf, an assessment her parents found astonishing. This expression alludes to the tendency of some species of wolf to hunt alone rather than in packs. [ c. 1900 ]
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