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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He said: "The price was to say I was a lone wolf and had strayed off the reservation.
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Keeley Hawes also joins the team as a quiet, dowdy character with few friends - a lone wolf, if you will.
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.
Speaking after the visit, Commissioner Hogan-Howe, 54, said: "Certainly in terms of a lone wolf, it is always a possibility, an individual who, as we have seen in America, gets hold of a firearm and does some terrible things.
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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.
Pledging to take a more constructive approach, he called McConkey a lone wolf who impeded progress on the city's fight for limits to Burbank Airport traffic and noise.
I haven't changed a whole lot; I'm almost like a lone wolf out there.
Actress turned animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot is offering $2,000 for the hide of a lone wolf with a taste for sheep - as long as the predator is captured alive.