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    Question Single-handed

    Hi. I've been running across this expression lately and I can perfectly comprehend its meaning when it is used in a sentence such as:

    Single-handed, John did the entire job.
    or
    She just got back from a single-handed journey.

    But I've been noticing that many times people say 'This is single-handedly...'

    ... the worst TV show I have ever seen in my life.
    ... the best music I've heard this year.
    etc.

    Would anyone mind to explain what does exactly 'single-handedly' mean in these cases?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renan View Post
    Hi. I've been running across this expression lately and I can perfectly comprehend its meaning when it is used in a sentence such as:

    Single-handed, John did the entire job.
    or
    She just got back from a single-handed journey.

    But I've been noticing that many times people say 'This is single-handedly...'

    ... the worst TV show I have ever seen in my life.
    ... the best music I've heard this year.
    etc.

    Would anyone mind to explain what does exactly 'single-handedly' mean in these cases?
    I've never heard it used like that.

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    Default Re: Single-handed

    If you google "this is single-handedly" (with quotation marks), you will find thousands of sentences like these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renan View Post
    If you google "this is single-handedly" (with quotation marks), you will find thousands of sentences like these.
    I don't doubt it, but I've never come across it.

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    Unhappy Re: Single-handed

    Ah, thank you, anyway. Anyone else?

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