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Origin of single-handedly
Words nearby single-handedly
What does single-handedly mean?
Single-handedly means done or accomplished alone—without help from anyone, as in Carol completed the project single-handedly—she did every last thing herself.
Single-handedly is the adverb form of the adjective single–handed, which is used to describe something done by one person, as with a single-handed attempt. Single-handed can also be used as an adverb, as in Abdul sailed the boat single-handed.
Single-handedly is also used in situations in which someone has done something without help from anyone else even though they were available, as in She single-handedly beat the other team—scoring the final 15 points of the game by herself.
Example: Lori single-handedly solved the math equation that had stumped mathematicians for years.
Where does single-handedly come from?
The first records of the term single-handedly come from the 1880s. It is an adverb form of the adjective single-handed, whose first records come from around 1700. Both of these words may come from the concept of something being done by one pair of hands—that is, one person.
Single-handedly is often used to emphasize the impressiveness of something having been performed by one person. It is used to highlight the fact that the task normally requires a group of people to do.
For this reason, single-handedly is commonly used in hyperbolic descriptions of a person’s abilities or of the difficulty of the task they accomplished, as in Basketball Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes single-handedly altered women’s professional basketball.
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What are some other forms related to single-handedly?
- single-handed (adjective, adverb)
- single-handedness (noun)
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How is single-handedly used in real life?
Single-handedly is used to indicate that someone accomplished a (usually impressive) task by themselves.
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Rest in Peace Saroj Khan ji. This loss is immeasurable for the industry & film lovers.Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot. I had the pleasure of being Choerographed by her in Aladin. One tick off my bucketlist
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The carpenter managed to single-handedly repair the bridge with help from his assistants.
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They stood in a single row, united by solemn respect as the Liu family remained inside.
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When the whole hunt is hunting up, each single change is made between the whole hunt, and the next bell above it.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
She apparently prefers to paint single figures of women and young girls, but her works include a variety of subjects.
Beginning with single twigs and working over them patiently she at length painted whole trees, and later animals.
Liking for a single colour is a considerably smaller display of mind than an appreciation of the relation of two colours.Children's Ways|James Sully
My orders ought to have been taken before a single unwounded Officer or man was ferried back aboard ship.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton