one-man band


: a musician who plays several instruments during a solo performance
: a person who alone undertakes or is responsible for several tasks

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Alabama's one-man band has tried his best to keep the Crimson Tide afloat amid obvious personnel issues at wide receiver and on the offensive line. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 His firm started as a one-man band before evolving into a powerhouse management company. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2022 The analytics department, which was a one-man band making $100,000 in 2014, now is budgeted for the millions. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 Lowman, an electro-blues rock ‘n’ roll musician who performs as a one-man band, Low Volts, is a three-time San Diego Music Award winner. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 In addition to the exhibit and Sherman’s slideshow presentation, there will be music from the group Los Beautiful Beast and one-man band Chris Cote. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 The result, Outsider, positioned Taylor as a one-man band who played nearly all of the instruments in addition to singing, drumming, writing and producing. David Chiu, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Hill was a one-man band, trying to make sure all these units were functioning together. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 7 Dec. 2021 Wolfgang has been carrying on his father's legacy, recently releasing the debut album of his one-man band, Mammoth WVH. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of one-man band was in 1875

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“One-man band.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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