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 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 Initially, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat was a one-man band. Max Savage Levenson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Punk oddballs Ed Schrader’s Music Beat keep fans guessing on ‘Riddles’," 27 Mar. 2018 On Friday there’s a live one-man band playing Brazilian Sertaneja country music. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Brazilians feel at home at this downtown restaurant with all the tasty favorites | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 As a live act, the one-man band transformed into a six-piece incorporating acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and trumpet. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "Billboard's Industry Nights Kicked Off With Performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan & Cape Francis," 17 Nov. 2017 In possibly the North Shore’s top performance of the season, the senior running back was nearly a one-man band in the Lions’ 40-7 victory over Fontainebleau last Friday. Jim Derry,, "Who should be named North Shore Player of Week 8 (Oct. 19-21)?," 23 Oct. 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will prevent Russell Westbrook from drifting back into one-man band gimmickry. Ben Golliver,, "2017-18 NBA Entertainment Rankings," 9 Oct. 2017 David Lindquist / IndyStar Ed Sheeran excelled as a one-man band for nearly all of Friday’s performance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the singer-songwriter represented only one-third of the show. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Ed Sheeran soars with a little help from friends," 9 Sep. 2017

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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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