one-man band


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one-man band

A company or organization where most or all of the work is handled by one person. Most small businesses start out as a one-man band with the owner doing everything himself until he can afford to hire help.
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a one-man band

COMMON If you describe a man or an organization as a one-man band, you mean that one man does every part of an activity himself, without help from anyone else. He seemed to be a one-man band, taking orders, and cooking and serving at table. I'm a one-man band, Mr Herold. At present I haven't even got a secretary. Note: A woman who is like this is sometimes described as a one-woman band. I am no better at being in two places at once than the next one-woman band. Note: A one-man band is a street entertainer who plays several different instruments at the same time.
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Corey Evitts is a one-man band playing everything from the ukulele, to live guitar, to a drum, to a keyboard.
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Then, while musing on days when circuses and travelling fairgrounds regularly came to Cardiff, I remembered Pegleg the Wonder Diver, and the one-man band who'd descend on our town to amaze us with his virtuosity.
Throughout the day there will be bands around the village, including a brass band and a one-man band.
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One-man band Jeremy Barnes took centre stage with his accordion and percussion while, behind him, a bouzouki battled with a trumpet and a tuba with a whispering clarinet.
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He hails from Newport and will probably stick to his main horn, but this veritable one-man band is also fluent on flute, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.
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On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birth, the Middleheim Open Air Museum and the Hessenhuis, Antwerp, devote a double exhibition to abstraction's one-man band, Fernand Berckelaers, aka Michel Seuphor (1901-99).