from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of, featuring, or controlled by one man: a one-man band; a one-man show at the art gallery.
  • adj. Designed for or restricted to one person: a one-man tent.
  • adj. Emotionally attached to or romantically involved with one man only.

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  • adj. designed for or restricted to a single person


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  • Warner Bros. -- the first script is an international thriller that may star Leonardo DiCaprio -- and is preparing to direct his second film, which he describes as a "one-man story that's not dialogue-driven."

  • But while Cain was mocked for a profound ignorance of world events and his inspirational speeches quoting Pokémon, former House Speaker Gingrich has been called a "one-man think tank," a politician of considerable "intellectual prowess," and even a "historian."

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  • A West Side man whom Chicago police called a one-man crime spree was charged this morning in connection to several West Side armed robberies, including two where he sexually assaulted his victims, authorities said this morning.

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  • In solitary confinement, Blanco is a one-man band of disobedience, tossing around his bodily fluids, refusing to “cuff up,” and “taking hostage” the small spaces that are available to him — his “rec pen,” for example, with its shining clouds of razor wire and its lonely basketball hoop.

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  • But this vigilante's one-man war for justice sets him on a collision course with Team Five-0.

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  • The one-man show "Tynan" at Studio Theatre is based on the great British theater critic Kenneth Tynan's diaries of his final decade - he died in 1980, only 53 years old.

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  • The label's adventurous ethos is exemplified by Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, a French-Canadian one-man band who garnishes his crisp, techy beats with off-kilter percussion and live instrumentation.

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  • The Tiffany's Show, first performed as a one-man show for friends on New Year's Eve in 1974, has become a world-famous cabaret with dozens of artists performing every night.

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  • Enter Lin, 23, the newly installed starting point guard for the New York Knicks, who is leading the NBA on a strange, one-man, one-week basketball revival.

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  • Meanwhile, Daniel Barach , a former portfolio manager at a $157 million hedge fund and Harvard Business School graduate, is taking a different tack: He's leading a one-man crusade against the way hedge-fund managers are paid.

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