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girl Friday

A female assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. Based on the term "man Friday," the term can be considered sexist. I like to have my daughter be my girl Friday during "take your child to work" day. She's a better worker than some of my employees!
See also: Friday, girl

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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In 1993, His Girl Friday was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and in 2000, His Girl Friday was 19th on American Film Institute's list of AFI's "100 Years.
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Girl Friday focuses on mother-of-two Kit, who has to dig deep to find her survivor mechanism after agreeing to divorce Adam, her husband of almost 15 years.
His Girl Friday is famously "fast" and, as per Hawks's boast, is often said to be "faster" than Milestone's The Front Page.
Historically, French directors have been among the most insightful fans of American cinema, and such American directors as Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep) enjoyed critical reputations in France before they did in America.
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Phillippe is the straight man in the middle of the lunacy, one smirk away from corpsing, while Wiig comes closest to making us care about her hapless girl Friday.
It was styled on the 1940 movie His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
Tickets for the concert cost pounds 5 and are available on the door or from The Moat House Inn, or Ross Garage and Girl Friday, both in Alcester.
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If I wasn't going to be her from Press Gang, then it was Rosalind Russell exchanging rapid-fire back chat with Cary Grant in His Girl Friday.
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