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boy Idioms & Phrases


altar boy

  • noun a boy serving as an acolyte
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backroom boy

  • noun an expert adviser involved in making important decisions but usually lacking official status
    brain truster.
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ball boy

  • noun a boy who retrieves balls for tennis players
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barrow-boy

  • noun a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
    barrow-man; costermonger.
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bat boy

  • noun (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
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Boy bishop

  • a boy (usually a chorister) elected bishop, in old Christian sports, and invested with robes and other insignia. He practiced a kind of mimicry of the ceremonies in which the bishop usually officiated.
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boy orator of the platte

  • noun United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)
    Bryan; Great Commoner; William Jennings Bryan.
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boy scout

  • noun a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
    Boy Scout.
  • noun a man who is considered naive
    boy scout.
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boy scouts

  • noun an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys
  • noun a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
    Boy Scout.
  • noun a man who is considered naive
    boy scout.
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boy scouts of america

  • noun a corporation that operates through a national council that charters local councils all over the United States; the purpose is character building and citizenship training
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boy wonder

  • noun an extremely talented young male person
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Boy's love

  • a popular English name of Southernwood (Artemisia abrotonum);) called also lad's love.
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Boy's play

  • childish amusements; anything trifling.
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boys-and-girls

  • noun Eurafrican annual naturalized in America as a weed; formerly dried for use as a purgative, diuretic or antisyphilitic
    herb mercury; herbs mercury; Mercurialis annua.
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broth of a boy

  • noun an outstanding person; as if produced by boiling down a savory broth
    broth of a man.
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Cabin boy

  • noun a young man acting as a servant on a ship
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  • a boy whose duty is wait on the officers and passengers in the cabin of a ship.
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Call boy

  • (a) A boy who calls the actors in a theater; a boy who transmits the orders of the captain of a vessel to the engineer, helmsman, etc. (b) A waiting boy who answers a cal, or cames at the ringing of a bell; a bell boy.
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Cash boy

  • in large retail stores, a messenger who carries the money received by the salesman from customers to a cashier, and returns the proper change. Colloq.
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city boy

  • noun a city dweller with sophisticated manners and clothing
    city slicker.
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college boy

  • noun a student (or former student) at a college or university
    college man; collegian.
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delivery boy

  • noun someone employed to make deliveries
    deliverer; deliveryman.
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elevator boy

  • noun a man employed to operate an elevator
    liftman; elevator man.
    • in England they call an elevator man a liftman
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errand boy

  • noun a boy who earns money by running errands
    errand boy.
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farm boy

  • noun a boy who has grown up on a farm
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georgia home boy

  • noun street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate
    grievous bodily harm; liquid ecstasy; max; easy lay; scoop; goop; soap.
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golden boy

  • noun a man who is unusually successful at an early age
    golden boy.
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good ol' boy

  • noun a white male Southerner with an unpretentious convivial manner and conservative or intolerant attitudes and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group
    good ol' boy; good old boy.
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good old boy

  • noun a white male Southerner with an unpretentious convivial manner and conservative or intolerant attitudes and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group
    good ol' boy; good old boy.
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good ole boy

  • noun a white male Southerner with an unpretentious convivial manner and conservative or intolerant attitudes and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group
    good ol' boy; good old boy.
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grocery boy

  • noun a delivery boy for groceries
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Hawk boy

  • an attendant on a plasterer to supply him with mortar.
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Hopper boy

  • a rake in a mill, moving in a circle to spread meal for drying, and to draw it over an opening in the floor, through which it falls.
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Loblolly boy

  • a surgeon's attendant on shipboard. Smollett.
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mama's boy

  • noun a boy excessively attached to his mother; lacking normal masculine interests
    mamma's boy; mama's boy.
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mamma's boy

  • noun a boy excessively attached to his mother; lacking normal masculine interests
    mamma's boy; mama's boy.
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messenger boy

  • noun a boy who earns money by running errands
    errand boy.
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mother's boy

  • noun a boy excessively attached to his mother; lacking normal masculine interests
    mamma's boy; mama's boy.
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office boy

  • noun a young man who is employed to do odd jobs in a business office
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old boy

  • noun a familiar term of address for a man
    old man.
  • noun a vivacious elderly man
  • noun a former male pupil of a school
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old boy network

  • noun an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics)
    • professional women have developed an old boy network of their own
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one of the boys

  • noun a man who has been socially accepted into a group of other men
    • he quickly became one of the boys
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Peep-o'-day boys

  • the Irish insurgents of 1784; so called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at day break in search of arms. Cant
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poor boy

  • noun a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
    wedge; bomber; hero; sub; hero sandwich; submarine; zep; Cuban sandwich; grinder; torpedo; hoagie; Italian sandwich; hoagy; submarine sandwich.
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poster boy

  • noun a male poster child
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Roaring boy

  • a roaring, noisy fellow; name given, at the latter end Queen Elizabeth's reign, to the riotous fellows who raised disturbances in the street. "Two roaring boys of Rome, that made all split." Beau & Fl.
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sailor boy

  • noun a serviceman in the navy
    bluejacket; navy man; sailor.
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sea boy

Sea" boy`
Definitions
  1. A boy employed on shipboard.
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Ship boy

  • a boy who serves in a ship. "Seal up the ship boy's eyes." Shak.
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shop boy

  • noun a young male shop assistant
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sonny boy

  • noun a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
    lad; laddie; sonny; cub.
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teddy boy

  • noun a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
    Teddy boy; Ted.
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teddy boys

  • noun a British youth subculture that first appeared in the 1950s; mainly from unskilled backgrounds, they adopted a pseudo-Edwardian dress code and rock'n'roll music; proletarian and xenophobic, they were involved in race riots in the United Kingdom
  • noun a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
    Teddy boy; Ted.
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The Old Boy

  • the Devil. Slang
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To boy a pig a poke

  • (that is, in a bag), to buy a thing without knowledge or examination of it.
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water boy

  • noun an assistant who supplies drinking water
    waterer.
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whipping boy

  • noun someone who is punished for the errors of others
    scapegoat.
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wolf boy

  • noun a male person assumed to have been raised by wolves
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wonder boy

  • noun a man who is unusually successful at an early age
    golden boy.
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Yellow boy

  • a gold coin, as a guinea. Slang Arbuthnot.
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Yellow boys

  • guineas. Slang, Eng.
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