lone hand

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  1. Cards.
    1. a person who holds a hand so strong that he or she can play a deal without the hand of his or her partner.
    2. the hand played by such a person.
  2. a person who by preference conducts his or her affairs without the advice or assistance of others: a lone hand in investment circles.
  3. 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

Historical Examples of 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.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Whatever the cause, it was plainly enough to be seen that the heavy knot had not cracked the Lone-Hand Kid's spine.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • He actually quitted his cell (for the only occasion on record) and started on a lone-hand raid against his adversaries stronghold.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for lone hand

lone hand

  1. (in card games such as euchre) an independent player or hand played without a partner
  2. play a lone hand to operate without assistance
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