- a person who holds a hand so strong that he or she can play a deal without the hand of his or her partner.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for lone hand
Whatever his innermost emotions may have been, his expression gave no hint that the mouthings of the Lone-Hand Kid had sunk in.
Whatever the cause, it was plainly enough to be seen that the heavy knot had not cracked the Lone-Hand Kid's spine.
He actually quitted his cell (for the only occasion on record) and started on a lone-hand raid against his adversaries stronghold.The Cradle of Mankind
I am rather inclined to think that denting was done when I did my lone-hand portage at Rock Island.Down the Columbia
Lewis R. Freeman
The influence of this lone-hand way of playing the game extends very far.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II
Burton J. Hendrick
- (in card games such as euchre) an independent player or hand played without a partner
- play a lone hand to operate without assistance
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