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a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

A daunting task can usually be started by doing a simple thing. I'm feeling really overwhelmed about my research project, but I have to start somewhere, since a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Are you single?

Are you currently in a romantic relationship with anyone? A: "Are you single?" B: "No, I've been with my girlfriend for three years now." A: "Is Mary single?" B: "No, I actually think she's married."

at a (single) blow

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. When the economy crashed, thousands of people lost their jobs, their homes, and their pensions at a single blow. As the two leaders ratified the treaty, 10 years of civil war ended at a blow.
See also: blow

at a (single) stroke

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. When the economy crashed, thousands of people lost their jobs, their homes, and their pensions at a single stroke. As the two leaders ratified the treaty, 10 years of civil war ended at a stroke.
See also: stroke

each and every one

Each individual person or thing that comprises a group or whole. Used for emphasis. Did you pick up all of your toys—each and every one?
See also: and, each, every, one

every single one

Every individual person or item within a group, without exception. This is going to be the hardest game we've played all year, so I need every single one of you giving it everything you've got! I can't believe it, every single one of these dishes has been broken!
See also: every, one, single

in single file

In a line one person or one thing in width. The students lined up and walked in single file into the auditorium. Cyclists are reminded to please ride in single file on roads to avoid obstructing traffic.
See also: file, single

of a single mind

In agreement. The two parties are rarely of a single mind when it comes to tax reform, but this bill looks like it has garnered some early bipartisan support.
See also: mind, of, single

of a single mind about (someone or something)

In agreement about someone or something. The two parties are rarely of a single mind about tax reform, but this bill looks like it has garnered some early bipartisan support.
See also: mind, of, single

of one mind

In agreement. The two parties are rarely of one mind when it comes to tax reform, but this bill looks like it has garnered some early bipartisan support.
See also: mind, of, one

single file

1. noun A line one person or one thing in width. A single file of geese—such an unusual flight pattern for the bird—crossed overhead as we traversed the field. I arranged all the figurines in a single file.
2. adverb In such a line. The students lined up and walked single file into the auditorium. Cyclists are reminded to please ride single file on roads to avoid obstructing traffic.
See also: file, single

single out

To choose and focus on a single person or thing out of a group of others. A noun or pronoun can be used between "single" and "out." They singled out her project from all the other applicants for its creative and ingenious design. For some reason, the bullies keep singling me out to pick on each day.
See also: out, single

Singles' Day

In China, a day for young people to celebrate being single. The celebration falls on 11/11, due to the number "one" suggesting being single. Some people, however, choose to celebrate their relationships on this day instead. It is also a major shopping day. All of my friends are single, too, so we're all going out to celebrate Singles' Day.

with a single voice

Unanimously; in total agreement or solidarity. Yes, the entire committee made that decision with a single voice. The only way we'll convince our senators to change the laws is if we all stand together and protest them with a single voice.
See also: single, voice

*in (a) single file

Fig. lined up, one behind the other; in a line, one person or one thing wide. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; march ~; walk ~.) Have you ever seen ducks walking in single file? Please get into single file. Please march in single file.
See also: file, single

of a single mind

(about someone or something) Go to of one mind (about someone or something).
See also: mind, of, single

of one mind (about someone or something)

 and of a single mind (about someone or something)
in agreement about someone or something. You will have to attend one of the state universities. Your father and I are of a single mind about this.
See also: mind, of, one

single file

a line of things or people, one person or one thing wide. (See also in single file.) Please get into single file. You have to march single file.
See also: file, single

single someone or something out (for something)

to choose or pick someone or something for something; to select an eligible person or thing for something. The committee singled her out for a special award. We singled out Liz for special honors.
See also: out, single

each and every one

Also, every last one; every single one. Every individual in a group, as in Each and every student must register by tomorrow, or I've graded every last one of the exams, or Every single one of his answers was wrong. All of these phrases are generally used for emphasis. The first, although seemingly redundant, has replaced all and every, first recorded in 1502. The first variant dates from the late 1800s, and both it and the second are widely used. Also see every tom, dick, and harry. Every mother's son (late 1500s) and every man Jack (mid-1800s) are earlier versions that refer only to males.
See also: and, each, every, one

single file, in

Also, in Indian file. Aligned one behind the other, as in We have to bike in single file here, or The children were told to march in Indian file. Both usages are associated with military formations; the first term was first recorded in 1670; the variant, alluding to the usual marching order of Native Americans, was first recorded in 1758.
See also: single

single out

Choose or distinguish from others, as in We singled him out from all the other applicants. This idiom was first recorded in 1629.
See also: out, single

(in) single/Indian ˈfile

in a line, one person after another: The whole class walked along behind the teacher in single file.When American Indians walked in a group, each person walked in the footsteps of the person in front so that they could not be counted by the enemy.
See also: file, Indian, single

single out

v.
To choose or distinguish someone or something from others: We singled her out from the list of applicants because she had a college degree. Unable to determine who had committed the offense, the teacher singled out the most mischievous student for punishment.
See also: out, single

single

1. n. one dollar; a dollar bill. I don’t have enough singles in the register to get me through the morning.
2. n. an unmarried person. (Usually plural.) I’m holding a little party for singles.
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Through an examination of single motherhood and premarital pregnancy rates, and by carefully distinguishing between norms and values, it is possible to understand the sexual revolution in a way that departs sharply from the meta-narrative that dominates the historiography and the journalistic accounts of the sexual revolution.