lone ranger

noun, often capitalized L&R

Definition of lone ranger

: one who acts alone and without consultation or the approval of others broadly : loner

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Examples of lone ranger in a Sentence

something of a lone ranger among anthropologists, she does her research without either a lending hand or an eye toward trendy topics
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First Known Use of lone ranger

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lone ranger

Lone Ranger, hero of an American radio and television western

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The first known use of lone ranger was in 1969

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“Lone ranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20ranger. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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