by oneself

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

by oneself

  1. Alone; without assistance or help from others.
    I have always wondered why shoe salesmen think I can't tie my shoes by myself.
    You ate the whole thing by yourself?
  2. Alone, without another's immediate company.
    She sat by herself in the corner, waiting quietly.
  3. (rare) Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see by,‎ oneself.
    He kept the gun by himself at all times.



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