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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.
See also: band

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.
See also: band
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Joining them for the first time is Bandaloni the One-Man Band from Kitchener, Ontario and Al Millar, aka Al A Kazam the Human Knot.
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.
The lowest of lo lo-fi, this one is a shit stomper in garagified vein of the Gories (but even more stripped down) or for a more contemporary comparison something like BBQ, the one-man band .
Finally, after being coaxed by Ken Baldwin, who worked at the Hohenfels Community Activity Center organizing local morale, welfare and recreation events, Roff decided on the one-man band concept.
Only five youngsters entered and, as I recall, the one-man band pulled out at the last minute in tears when the cymbal on his right ankle buckled.
But from what LAUSD insiders say, the story is that Roy the one-man band went out and recruited Solomon from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a reputation as a tough and highly effective administrator.