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Black Friday

1. Any day of major financial chaos or disaster; refers specifically to September 24, 1869, when stock speculators attempting to corner US gold trade caused the entire market to crash. The extremely fast growth in Wall Street has some economists worried that another Black Friday might be ahead if such growth continues unchecked.
2. The day after Thanksgiving in the US, on which extravagant sales create a frenzy of consumer activity in stores across the country. I hate working in retail on Black Friday—everyone acts like a crazy person!
See also: black, Friday

a girl/man/person Friday

a person who does many different types of usually not very interesting work in an office
Usage notes: Man Friday is the name of the servant in the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
The ad said, 'Person Friday required for general office duties'.
See also: Friday, girl

Black Friday

1. Also Black Monday, Black Tuesday, etc. A day of economic catastrophe, as in We feared there'd be another Black Friday. This usage dates from September 24, 1869, a Friday when stock manipulators Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market and caused its collapse. The adjective black has been appended to similar occasions ever since, including October 29, 1929, the Tuesday of the market collapse that marked the start of the Great Depression, and Black Monday of October 19, 1987, when the stock market experienced its greatest fall since the Great Depression.
2. Any day marked by great confusion or activity, as in It was just my luck to be traveling on Black Tuesday. This usage, too, is based on the events of 1869, marked by economic chaos. It has since been extended to other kinds of confusion, such as an accident hampering traffic during the evening rush hour.
See also: black, Friday

girl Friday

Also, gal Friday. An efficient and faithful female assistant, as in I'll have my girl Friday get the papers together. The expression plays on man Friday, a name for a devoted male servant or assistant. The name Friday comes from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, whose shipwrecked hero named the young native who became his faithful companion for the day of the week when he found him. In the mid-1900s Friday was applied to a male servant and then a women secretary or clerk who works for a man. The expression girl Friday gained currency through a motion picture starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday (1940). Today it tends to be considered condescending and, applied to a woman, sexist.
See also: Friday, girl
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Federal agents and West Covina police then camped out in front of the homes throughout the day Friday waiting to secure and serve search warrants on two homes owned by the co-op.
Friday is the first wakeboarder, male or female, to have ever been nominated for an ESPY.
ATLANTA - Coca-Cola said Friday it will no longer release quarterly and annual earnings forecasts, a move analysts said could mean more uncertainty for investors in the world's largest soft drink company.
After dad had his stroke and was in a convalescent home, mom went every day and, on Friday, she always brought him something special and dressed up.
On average, Black Friday shoppers plan to spend $1,086 for gifts this holiday season.
Friday was also the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, with more than 14 hours of light.
US Airways warned Friday it would consider filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if it could not obtain federally backed loans that will most likely require concessions from employees and the airline's suppliers and vendors.
Lane Apex: Regular pickup schedule on Friday, no service Saturday.
Champions: Palmdale clinched at least a share of its fifth consecutive Golden League title on Friday when the Falcons defeated Lancaster 45-31.
FRIDAY night fever will return to Prenton Park this season, with eight fixtures re-arranged for what has traditionally become Soccer Night on the Wirral.
Leam Lane Social Club is proud to present its Fabulous Rock Night with a great mix of rock bands every last Friday of the month.
Might this Lenten sextet of meatless Fridays be a harbinger of what may happen again to every Friday in this country if some bishops have their way?
Making every day feel like a Friday wouldn't be possible without creating a place where friends feel free to get together.
Lane Transit District: Buses operate on regular schedule Friday.