lonesome


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on (one's) lonesome

Completely alone. Primarily heard in UK. My friends have all gone on holiday and left me here on my lonesome. You can't leave a boy that young on his lonesome! He needs to be supervised all the time!
See also: lonesome, on

all by (one's) lonesome

Completely alone. My roommate left town for the weekend, so I'm here all by my lonesome.
See also: all, lonesome

all by one's lonesome

Rur. all alone; by oneself. Mary's folks went out and left her all by her lonesome.
See also: all, lonesome
References in classic literature ?
It's despit lonesome, and we might lose our way,--whar we'd come to, de Lord only knows.
It's pretty lonesome, Sandy; I reckon there's a hitch somewheres.
said she, "it fair troubles me to go into yond' room now: it looks so lonesome wi' the chair empty and set back in a corner.
It were but lonesome then," said Joe, "living here alone, and I got acquainted with your sister.
The wide, wide sea looked terribly big and lonesome in the moonlight; and he began to wonder if they would lose their way when they passed out of sight of land.
The old, black hag shook with appreciative laughter, disclosing an occasional and lonesome yellow fang.
A weary and lonesome time yonder old couple have of it," remarked the old woman, smiling in the lady's face.
In his old age, too, God took away his eyesight; so that his royal palace was nothing to him but a dark, lonesome prison-house.
The skies they were ashen and sober; The leaves they were crisped and sere -- The leaves they were withering and sere; It was night in the lonesome October Of my most immemorial year: It was hard by the dim lake of Auber, In the misty mid region of Weir: -- It was down by the dank tarn of Auber, In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
There were fewer houses and fewer fruit trees, and the farther they went the more dismal and lonesome the country became.
I hoped I'd never have to sleep in this here geological garden another night and listen to all them lonesome noises that come out of that jumble after dark.
I don't remember it, because ever since I could remember anything we've lived right here in this lonesome, round house, with a little garden back of it and the thick woods all around.
An' you'll be a bit o' company for me too, Miss,' said she; 'I like as I feel lonesome without my cat.
I'll be so lonesome when you go," moaned Diana for the hundredth time.
It's been splendid and exciting, and everything went off well," sighed Cecily, "but, oh dear, it's going to be so queer and lonesome without Aunt Olivia.