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One-man show

noun phrase

An enterprise, business, etc, controlled by one person: The company had previously been run as a ”one-man show” (entry form 1921+, variant 1938+)
Also, one-man band. A person who does or manages just about everything, as in This department is a one-man show—the chairman runs it all, or John conducts the interviews, writes the articles, solicits ads, deals with the printer—he’s a one-man band. This idiom alludes to the actor or artist responsible for the entire performance or exhibit, or the musician who plays every instrument in the group. [ First half of 1900s ]


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