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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, by, lonesome

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
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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, by, lonesome
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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and it appeared in almost every anthology of Negro poetry at the time." Nugent had not intended it to be a "race poem" but instead a "soul-searching poem of another kind of lonesomeness, not the lonesomeness of being racially stigmatized, but otherwise stigmatized.
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