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lone wolf

[lohn woo lf]
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noun
  1. a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.
  2. a criminal who acts alone (often used attributively): lone-wolf terrorists.
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Origin of lone wolf

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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Related Words

hermit, independent, individualist, loner, nonconformist, outsider, pariah, solitary, separatist

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British Dictionary definitions for lone wolf

lone wolf

noun
  1. a person who prefers to be alone
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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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