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
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In Cincinnati he was the fair-haired boy who had gone from promotion to promotion, but his heart was humble and open.
The Kiowa ate, rested their horses, and moved on, but Fair-Haired Boy slipped away and stayed behind.
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.
If Morgan is the fair-haired boy in Rogers's scheme of things, then Chase Manhattan is the bumbling giant in this financial market tableau.
In an especially useful clarification, Small isolates the distinctive principle of the Aesthetic school as a disconnection of aesthetic experience from particular classes of artefact designated as works of art: beauty being now in the nerve-ends of the beholder, a sunset, an orchid, or a fair-haired boy would serve just as well as a cathedral, a symphony, or a blank-verse tragedy, and indeed would have the additional appeal of not being the territorial preserve of a specialist pedant.
There's no doubt that HBA is non-foods' fair-haired boy.
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.
The fair-haired boy, who says he is called Stephen, was found asleep outside a community centre in Bournemouth, Dorset.
He was our fair-haired boy, our adopted son and he remained one of us through rich, richer and richest.
One seems to be envy over the fact that the council's fair-haired boy, Chief Legislative Analyst Ron Deaton, was granted a $20,000 a year raise earlier this year that increased his annual salary to $175,000.
The fair-haired boy, aged two or three, was found by a woman out walking her dog in Bournemouth.