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Jack the Lad

A confident, carefree young man. Primarily heard in UK. Jim's a bit of a Jack the Lad—he likes his job as a bicycle courier and doesn't care what anybody else thinks.
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a Jack the Lad

  (British informal, old-fashioned)
a confident and not very serious young man who behaves as he wants to without thinking about other people Three children with three different women? Well, he always was a bit of a Jack the Lad.
See before can say Jack Robinson
See also: jack, lad

one of the lads

  (British & Australian informal) also one of the boys (American informal)
someone who is accepted as part of a group of male friends who all have similar ideas and interests Greene, although not one of the lads, is popular with most of them.
See also: lad, of, one
References in classic literature ?
Half a dozen jovial lads were talking about skates in another part of the room, and she longed to go and join them, for skating was one of the joys of her life.
From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighboring country.
Your word will go the furthest, John," said the master, "for Sir Clifford adds in a postscript, `If I could find a man trained by your John I should like him better than any other;' so, James, lad, think it over, talk to your mother at dinner-time, and then let me know what you wish.
Th' same thing as set th' seeds swellin' an' th' sun shinin' made thee a well lad an' it's th' Good Thing.
And a brave lad you were, and smart too," answered Silver, shaking hands so heartily that all the barrel shook, "and a finer figurehead for a gentleman of fortune I never clapped my eyes on.
You might keep some of your kisses for me, Sibyl, I think," said the lad with a good-natured grumble.
After being thus left alone, he went in and stretched himself on three chairs that were in the room, when what does he see coming in at the door but a little fair-haired lad.
This was plainly the archer, for he flourished his bow aloft, and likewise bore a sword at his side, though for all that he looked a mere lad.
He saw at first no way in which he could, with safety to himself, wreak vengeance upon Tarzan through the medium of Tarzan's son; but that great possibilities for revenge lay in the boy was apparent to him, and so he determined to cultivate the lad in the hope that fate would play into his hands in some way in the future.
It is such a fond anxious mother's voice that you hear, as Lisbeth says, "Well, my lad, it's gone seven by th' clock.
Did you stop at the wigwam, lad, as you rowed past?
The latter, on seeing him, held up his hand, and the lad quickened his pace and came near.
Truly," said one of the yeomen, when they had seen the young stranger's face, "I do know that lad right well.
One, a tall, fair-haired lad in a clean blue coat, was standing over the others.
Someone moved from the window, and a minute or two later there was the sound of the passage door as it came unstuck, then the latch of the outside door clicked and a tall white-bearded peasant, with a sheepskin coat thrown over his white holiday shirt, pushed his way out holding the door firmly against the wind, followed by a lad in a red shirt and high leather boots.