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schoolboy error

A very simple, basic, or fundamental mistake or error. Primarily heard in UK. Thanks to a schoolboy error by their opponents' keeper, the football club will advance to the next round of the tourney. The math textbook had to be reprinted after several schoolboy errors were discovered in some of the equations.
See also: error, schoolboy

schoolboy humour

  (British & Australian) also schoolboy humor (American & Australian)
stupid jokes that are rude but not very offensive Isn't he a bit old for this type of schoolboy humour?
See also: humour, schoolboy

schoolboy Scotch

n. wine. Give me a pint of that schoolboy Scotch.
See also: schoolboy, scotch
References in classic literature ?
The two schoolboys, the proprietors now of the transformed clerk, carried him into an elegant room.
The effect of seclusion was aided by the great height of the garden walls, which were, indeed, conventual, and, as John had tested in former days, defied the climbing schoolboy.
bad Latin, schoolboy Latin; but try and understand.
My imagination became bel- ligerent, and defeated the invaders in a dozen striking ways; something of my schoolboy dreams of battle and heroism came back.
In the first place, let me read to you a schoolboy account of the genus Sphinx, of the family Crepuscularia of the order Lepidoptera, of the class of Insecta -- or insects.
Being idle-handed all day, he began to apply to what he considered the service of the kite some of his spare time, and found a new pleasure--a new object in life--in the old schoolboy game of sending up "runners" to the kite.
For the nephew, a schoolboy on a holiday, was in theory the god in the car, or in the cab, tram, tube, and so on, while his uncle was at most a priest dancing before him and offering sacrifices.
I was a schoolboy saying my Ovid; then back once more.
He stood like a schoolboy with whom a master is finding fault.
Oh, but I'd have liked to whip him then and there, like a schoolboy, just to see how surprised he would have been
The captain's face showed the uneasiness of a schoolboy who is told to repeat a lesson he has not learned.
No schoolboy counting the lagging hours that must pass before the beginning of "long vacation" released him to the delirious joys of the sum-mer camp could have been filled with greater im-patience or keener anticipation.
Anne, remembering the unpleasantness of the preceding evening, was very nice to Gilbert; and Gilbert, who was learning wisdom, took care to be nothing save the schoolboy comrade again.
All right; I won't," he said decisively, realizing that the discussion was in danger of becoming a vituperative, schoolboy argument.
He was alive, painfully alive, to the great universal things, and yet he was compelled to potter and grope among schoolboy topics and debate whether or not he should study Latin.