One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A self-reliant, rugged male, particularly as a New Zealand stereotype.‘he was an outsider, a man alone, living just where adventure begins’
- ‘He made the effort to suggest he is not a man alone.’
- ‘He is the key actor of his generation, through his incarnation of the dominant Pakeha cultural archetype, that of the "man alone."’
- ‘It's a portrait of a man alone.’
- ‘He is very much a man alone in this saga.’
- ‘With no car, little money, few possessions and the rural postal service as his means of communication, he was truly a man alone.’
- ‘His early poetry was apocalyptic, a man alone talking to his god about the creation of the world.’
- ‘These two books consider the man alone theme, albeit in radically different ways.’
- ‘I guess this will also add to the 'man alone' image of New Zealand cinema.’
- ‘Besides, he adds, "there is nothing better than a man alone who can live with himself".’
- ‘Ruth is a complex kind of "man alone" figure - her solitude is vulnerable rather than romantic.’
1980s: from the novel Man Alone (1939) by John Mulgan.
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