a lone wolf

lone wolf

1. Someone who does not seek or like the company of others. Shannon should have known Brad would break her heart—he's a lone wolf who doesn't like getting close to anybody. A: "Does he have any friends at school?" B: "No, I think he's a lone wolf."
2. A terrorist who acts alone or independently of a larger group when carrying out an attack. The attack was carried out by another lone wolf who had no affiliation with terror groups but was inspired by radical postings online.
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a lone wolf

A lone wolf is an independent person who likes doing things on their own, rather than doing them with other people. He was also somewhat of a lone wolf, never marrying. Latham's personal style is that of a political lone wolf.
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a ˌlone ˈwolf

a person who chooses to work, live, be, etc. alone: In the police force he had the reputation of being something of a lone wolf.
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Imran is a lone wolf in the case, but investigations are still under way," he said.
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During this workshop, participants will learn about the threat of lone wolf terrorists, individuals who prepare and commit violent acts alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group; the psychology of a lone wolf actor; and potential means of identification.
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There wasthe Fort Hood massacre of 13 people by a lone wolf killer shouting Allah Akbar.
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A lone wolf is an individual or a small group of individuals who uses traditional terrorist tactics, but who acts without membership in or cooperation with an official or unofficial terrorist organization, cell or group.
Both men admitted a lone wolf terrorist attack is a concern in the wake of last week's midnight cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado, which saw 12 people shot dead at a screening of the latest Batman film.
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High Five tells the story of Alan Foster, an executive who loses his job for being a lone wolf then, riding to the rescue of his son's basketball team, discovers teamwork.