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one-man show

Slang definitions & phrases for one-man show

one-man show

noun phrase

An enterprise, business, etc, controlled by one person: The company had previously been run as a ''one-man show'' (entry form 1921+, variant 1938+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • They advised me to have a one-man show, late in the winter, so as to get publicity.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • Our formal organization is lousy, because Maragon is a one-man show.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • Our friend Hooker had done this, and he had climbed to a one-man show in Fifth Avenue.

    Aliens William McFee
  • Well, thats about all; except that you are to hang my pictures at the one-man show.

    The Doctor's Dilemma George Bernard Shaw
  • A miserable Gallery had refused to let that straight-haired genius have his one-man show after all.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
Idioms and Phrases with one-man show

one-man show

Also,one-man band. A person who does or manages just about everything, as in This department is a one-man show—the chairman runs it all, or John conducts the interviews, writes the articles, solicits ads, deals with the printer—he'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 ]
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