lone wolf


Definition of lone wolf

: a person who prefers to work, act, or live alone

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lone-wolf \ ˈlōn-​ˌwu̇lf How to pronounce lone-wolf (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lone wolf in a Sentence

He had the reputation of being a lone wolf in high school. a lone wolf in the art world, he has his own style and paints only to please himself

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An extensive online library contains a trove of manuals with instructions on lone wolf terror-tactics, gunsmithing, data mining, interrogation tactics, counter-surveillance techniques, bomb making, chemical weapons creation, and guerilla warfare. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack, though there has been no independent corroboration, with police calling it a lone wolf terror attack. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Why? Gun control.," 11 Nov. 2018 Wray said agents are tracking would-be lone wolf Islamic State terrorists en masse, with about 1,000 active ISIS investigations spread across all 50 states. Lisa Rose, CNN, "US has 1,000 open ISIS investigations but a steep drop in prosecutions," 16 May 2018 Too often the media and politicians refer to acts committed by far-right groups as perpetrated by someone with mental health issues, or a lone wolf, not a terrorist. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "The vicious circle of Islamist terrorism and far-right extremism," 6 July 2018 Pei seems to be a lone wolf in the early chapters of the book but falls into line when his maverick behavior is criticized by his commanding officer. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "A Modern-Day Chinese Hit Comes to America," 2 June 2018 The lone wolf — in journalism, as in nature — is a rare creature. Alan Rusbridger, New York Times, "Seymour M. Hersh — the Journalist as Lone Wolf," 13 June 2018 And a lot of those documents have pointed away from Oswald as a pure lone wolf. Eli Watkins, CNN, "Trump pushes JFK assassination records deadline to 2021," 26 Apr. 2018 Wasn’t the point of his character to be a lone wolf? Peter Rubin, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About That Deadpool 2 Credits Scene," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of lone wolf

1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lone wolf

: someone who likes to act, live, or work alone

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