man and boy


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man and boy

For the entirety of a man's life. Primarily heard in UK. Thompson has been at this company since 1965, man and boy.
See also: and, boy, man

man and boy

throughout life from youth.
The Scottish poet William Dunbar used the phrase baith man and lad in the early 16th century, but the modern usage follows Shakespeare's Hamlet: ‘I have been sexton here, man and boy, thirty years’.
See also: and, boy, man

ˌman and ˈboy

from when somebody was young to when they were old or older: He’s been doing the same job for 50 years — man and boy.
See also: and, boy, man
References in classic literature ?
to that eternal doctor swab, and tell him to pipe all hands--magistrates and sich--and he'll lay 'em aboard at the Admiral Benbow--all old Flint's crew, man and boy, all on 'em that's left.
The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do.
Along its stone-flagged passages the footsteps of the man and boy echo strangely.