WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lone hand, 
  1. Games[Cards.]
    • a person who holds a hand so strong that he or she can play a deal without the hand of his or her partner.
    • the hand played by such a person.
  2. a person who by preference conducts his or her affairs without the advice or assistance of others:a lone hand in investment circles.
  3. a stand or action taken independently:a lone hand in the trade negotiations.
  • 1790–1800

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