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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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one-man band

A person able to perform many different tasks well. The literal term applies to a musician who can play many instruments, sometimes even simultaneously. In one of his shows the composer and musical humorist Peter Schickele blew a bassoon while at the same time playing the piano with one hand or elbow. The term dates from the 1800s. The Burlington (Iowa) Hawk-Eye had it on July 1, 1876: “The one-man band, comprising drums, cymbals, violin, and a squeaking pipe . . . had one thing to recommend it. You can kill the drummer and thus obliterate the whole band.” The term is also applied to multitalented individuals in other fields.
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"It was just great to see One Man Band come back and run such a big race," he said.
The trainer also revealed the process in which One Man Band was nursed back to fitness following two luckless years with injury.
Dubai: It has been two years since One Man Band was last seen on a racecourse, however, trainer Doug Watson issued an upbeat bulletin about the seven-year-old who makes a sensational comeback in the Dubai Creek Mile Sponsored by Azizi Developments, one of two feature races on Thursday's exciting seven-race card at Meydan Racecourse.
The last time racing fans got to see One Man Band in action was in March, 2016, when he majestically led home a 1-2 for Watson in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup night.
His impending return, not surprisingly, has galvanised champion trainer Watson who said: "One Man Band has been off the track for over two years and he'll definitely improve from the run.
"I perform as a one man band - playing drums, bass and electric guitar all at the same time," he says.
One insider said: "The problem has been that David Whitton has virtually been a one man band, and that is impossible for anyone."
Following his success with Sooty, one man band Mel Harvey has devised a new show, Old MacDonald's Farm, which hits the stage at the Civic Hall on August 27.
Summary: Three and easy for Doug thanks to One Man Band, Faulkner and Cool Cowboy
One Man Band ridden by Sam Hitchcott and trained by Doug Watson wins the Godolphin Mile Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News P.N.C.
The multi-platinum award winning You've Got A Friend singer was recently nominated for an Emmy for the CD One Man Band.
And the second-half was something of a one man band as Moore stamped his name on the game with three more goals scored in 47, 56 and 87 minutes.
From one man bands to million pound companies, the quality of many entrants could not fail to make an impression on the judges.
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