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[wuhn-man] /ˈwʌnˌmæn/
of or relating to, or operated, performed, or used by one person:
a one-man office; a one-man band.
preferring or seeking romantic involvement with one man only:
a one-man woman.
Origin of one-man
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is no one-man union, there is no one man they can fix, nor even a small committee.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • one-man power is (theoretically) greatly feared, in America.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • No, it was a case for personal attention; it was a one-man job.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • As it is a one-man job, it should be a force pump with a gasoline engine.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Maizie was right at Hull's elbow, commanding her one-man army to fire at will.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for one-man


consisting of or done by or for one man: a one-man band, a one-man show
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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