accomplished or done by one person alone: a single-handed victory; single-handed sailing.
by one's own effort; unaided.
by oneself; alone; without aid: He built the garage single-handed.
- sin·gle-hand·ed·ness, noun
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How to use single-handed in a sentence
The book is a manifesto—a single-handed attempt to galvanize the world to take to the streets.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing | Michael Signer | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even if it had been the right place, and the right fellows had been there, what could I have done single-handed?Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
He was one of the few Americans who encountered the British in single-handed charges on top of the breast-works.
Sara Lee might have fought the War Office single-handed and won out, but it is extremely unlikely.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
He boasted he would uproot single-handed, in one hour, all the trees in the Royal pleasaunce.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche | Anatole France
single-handed he had to fight against the Spanish cruiser, for it was certain that the Brooklyn could give no assistance.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser | Walter Fenton Mott
British Dictionary definitions for single-handed
unaided or working alone: a single-handed crossing of the Atlantic
having or operated by one hand or one person only
- single-handedly, adverb
- single-handedness, noun
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