fair-haired boy


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fair-haired boy

Fig. a favored person. (Not necessarily young or a boy.) The teacher's fair-haired boy always does well on tests. The supervisor's son was the fair-haired boy on the construction site.
See also: boy

fair-haired boy

A favorite, a person who is given special treatment. For example, Today the attorney general is the governor's fair-haired boy. This term alludes to the preference of blond ("fair") hair over dark hair. [Late 1800s]
See also: boy

fair-haired boy

n. a promising young man; a young man who receives favoritism. Ted is the boss’s fair-haired boy now, but he’ll be just like the rest of us in a month.
See also: boy
References in classic literature ?
Next she touched the image of a purple kitten that stood on the corner of a mantel, and as she pronounced the word "Ev" the kitten disappeared, and a pretty, fair-haired boy stood beside her.
Now she might return to the terrible Nome King in safety, carrying with her the prize she had won in the person of the fair-haired boy.
Why, perhaps the Prince and Princess may go to live in a country where there is a deep river, and perhaps they may have one only son, a little fair-haired boy with violet eyes like the Prince himself; and perhaps some day he may go out to walk with his nurse; and perhaps the nurse may go to sleep under a great elder-tree; and perhaps the little boy may fall into the deep river and be drowned.
The fair-haired boy sitting at the front of the picture is Wilf Mannion.
By early evening, the fair-haired boy who was waved off by his parents and returned home every day for his tea like clockwork had simply vanished.
Presiding magistrate Warwick Butler asked the small fair-haired boy to stand up twice - apparently not realising the accused was already standing because of his short stature.
The fair-haired boy or girl who just dances from success to success will easily stay in the first half of life forever.
2 and purportedly Eisner's fair-haired boy, was selected as CEO-designate.
Now ensconced at Trion, he becomes the fair-haired boy and quickly moves up the ladder, with more money than he ever imagined, a snazzy new car, and a fabulous new girlfriend.
They should be: Hekmatyar was once the CIA's fair-haired boy in Afghanistan, trained to lead the anti-Soviet mujahideen forces and groomed to be the leader of Afghanistan after the Soviets left.
Betty Maxwell-Carter said the sickening video showed the diminutive Rab C Nesbitt star with a terrified, fair-haired boy of about 12.
But she walked out in disgust after an emotional Cullen asked her to "dispose" of the tape, showing him having full sex with a terrified, fair-haired boy of around 12, which, he claimed, could send him away for years.
She gave the fair-haired boy leather jackets and other gifts - and promised him expensive holidays abroad.
Bush and Karl Rove planned this all along, fearing that with the way the hearings would progress, their fair-haired boy would not have won the consent of the Senate in an up-and-down vote.