one-man band


Definition of one-man band

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

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The one-man band of a plastic music-maker can be glimpsed amid all the film’s antique toys. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "The 10 best secrets, surprises and Easter eggs from ‘Toy Story 4’," 25 June 2019 Minnesota didn’t have a proper pick-and-roll partner for Towns as Derrick Rose largely operated as a one-man band. Michael Shapiro,, "Who Could Trade for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder Rebuild?," 6 July 2019 But Leonard isn’t a one-man band tethered to a stream of isolations. Michael Shapiro,, "Kawhi Leonard’s Superstar Evolution Has Another Dynasty On Its Last Legs," 10 June 2019 Labour is not a one-man band, and its position on Britain’s nuclear arsenal reflects this. The Economist, "The Corbyn doctrine on foreign policy," 6 June 2019 However Troncone, who starred, directed, shot, wrote, composed the music and, yes, edited, was pretty much a one-man band here., "Review: Documentaries ‘The Lavender Scare,’ ‘Ghost Fleet’ and more," 6 June 2019 Curry was a one-man band on offense for most of Game 3. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Warriors 3 Things: Don’t underrate Steph Curry’s greatness again," 6 June 2019 Ochoa’s choreography, based on Saint-Exupéry’s beloved novella, is set to music by Peter Salem, who will perform on stage as a one-man band. Ellen Dunkel,, "Hot dates in dance: A BalletX ‘Little Prince,’ rising-star choreographers, and offseason work for Pa. Ballet dancers," 5 June 2019 The one-man band The Washington Post writes that Trump has effectively been performing the roles of several senior staffers, calling the shots himself. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Steyer accuses Pelosi of 'normalizing' Trump," 29 May 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of one-man band

: a musician who plays several instruments at the same time
: a person who is responsible for or does several tasks alone

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