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lone wolf

[lohn woo lf] /ˈloʊn ˈwʊlf/
a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.
a criminal who acts alone (often used attributively):
lone-wolf terrorists.
Origin of lone wolf
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then lone wolf bounded backward, and stood expectant, ready to repeat the attack if necessary.

    Kings in Exile Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
  • That was the one favouring chance that lay before the lone wolf.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Such indeed were the thoughts to skulk in the mind of the lone wolf like quails in corn, as he rode forward on his quest.

    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
  • Then the lonesome dog who sat out in the company street and stared up solemnly at the moon, like a lone wolf on the prairie.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
British Dictionary definitions for lone wolf

lone wolf

a person who prefers to be alone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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