(all) by yourself/itself/himself etc - definition and synonyms

phrase
  1. 1
    alone

    The child had wandered off by herself into the woods.

    Her story by itself is not enough to convict him.

    It was miserable spending Christmas all by myself.

     Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    without being helped by anyone else

    He couldn’t have planned the whole thing by himself.

    You can’t carry that big table all by yourself.

See also main entry: by