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boy toy

A younger man who has sexual or romantic interactions with an (often) appreciably older woman, especially in a superficial or non-committal relationship. After her divorce, the actress was seen with several boy toys around town. Helen's boy toy stays over at her manse because she refuses to set foot in his frat house on campus.
See also: boy, toy

boys and their toys

An expression implying that grown men have a greater tendency than women to be preoccupied with or drawn to mechanical objects, such as cars, gadgets, power tools, etc. John spends every Saturday out working on his car. Boys and their toys, am I right?
See also: and, boy, toy

throw (one's) toys out of the pram

To behave in a petulantly upset or angry manner; to act like an angry child. Primarily heard in UK. Manchester United's star striker threw his toys out of the pram after he was ejected from the match for biting another player.
See also: of, out, pram, throw, toy

have toys in the attic

To be crazy; to act, think, or behave in an eccentric, foolish, or nonsensical manner. Tommy must have toys in the attic if he thinks he can convince our mother to let him get a tattoo for his birthday. There's an old lady who stands on the corner yelling at strangers all day. I think she might have toys in the attic.
See also: attic, have, toy

toy boy

A young man who is in a sexual relationship with an older woman. Heather is having too much fun with her new toy boy to get involved in a serious relationship.
See also: boy, toy

toy with

1. To consider or think about an idea or plan. I've been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
2. To deliberately misinform someone (about something) in an evasive, deceptive, or manipulative manner. Quit toying with me, Karen—I know that you're involved in this deal! The serial killer is toying with the police, leaving false clues everywhere to muddy the investigation.
See also: toy

like a kid with a new toy

Fig. very pleased; happily playing with something. Every time Bill gets a new gadget for his kitchen, he's like a kid with a new toy. Jane is absorbed in that computer. Just like a kid with a new toy.
See also: kid, like, new, toy

toy with someone

to tease someone; to deal lightly with someone's emotions. Ann broke up with Tom because he was just toying with her. He was not serious at all. Don't toy with me! I won't have it!
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toy with something

to play with something; to fiddle with something. You are just toying with me! Please don't toy with the stereo controls.
See also: toy

toy with

1. Amuse oneself idly with, trifle, as in He teased her, toying with her as a cat toys with a mouse. [Early 1500s]
2. Treat casually or without seriousness, as in I'm toying with the idea of writing a novel. [Early 1800s]
See also: toy

throw your toys out of the pram

If someone throws their toys out of the pram, they express their anger or disappointment in a childish way. They say he may have thrown his toys out of the pram after being made to report to Smith. Note: Words for names of toys are often used instead of toys with the same meaning. I for one, will certainly not be crying into my beer or throwing my rattle out of the pram. I hope that your girlfriend is prepared to stand up to you as you throw your dummy out of the pram.
See also: of, out, pram, throw, toy

throw your toys out of the pram

have a temper tantrum. British informal
2005 Hecklerspray Some might suggest that for Oprah to throw her toys out of the pram because a French woman told her she couldn't look at some clothes comes across as…just a little arrogant.
See also: of, out, pram, throw, toy

toy with

1. To amuse oneself idly by manipulating someone or something; trifle with someone or something: The cat toyed with the ball in its paws.
2. To treat something casually or without seriousness: I had toyed with the idea of going back to college, but I never actually applied.
See also: toy
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Over half the fully occupied, 270,000 s/f building is now leased to toy and costume and seasonal products tenants.
By 1900, Germany was by far the world's greatest producer of toys, making two-thirds of the dolls for Europe and exporting 75 percent of its output.
And with a growing divorce rate, many children are a part of two or more families and receive toys from each family unit.
One of the major differences in the new guidelines is that they include different types of toys, including computer and video games, educational software, and interactive toys.
In many aspects, natural children's toys are more beneficial than cold, plastic ones.
Disney Nostalgia[TM] pet products celebrate the rich history of everyone's favorite Disney characters interpreting them from classic cartoons and movies to a new line of dog toys, beds and carriers, apparel and bundled gift packs.
For a lot of the industry, it's overseas in the Orient and it's a quicker flight,'' said Silver, who published the Hot Dozen last week in conjunction with Toy Wishes Magazine, which breaks down top-rated toys into 22 categories.
A leading publisher of magazines for the toy and licensing industries, the move made "perfect sense" according to Jim Silver, Group Publisher for Adventure.
The ideal of middle class domesticity was far more deeply implicated in the growth of a toy market than merely in promoting a social space that toys very effectively filled.
Both CPSC and PIRG noted that stuffed animals and other toys could contain small parts that can become detached and become potential choking hazards.
Mattel delivers magical and memorable play experiences of all types with our broad portfolio of brands and toys that kids and parents love.
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Cross also shows how the fantasy-oriented toy culture that prevails today had its roots in the 1930s, when toymakers began to create licensed character toys that revolved around children's celebrity idols from the movies, radio, and comic books.