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angry young man

1. One of a group of 20th-century British authors whose works expressed disillusionment with conventional society. (In this usage, the phrase is often capitalized.) This author is considered an Angry Young Man, so what kinds of themes can we expect to find in this book?
2. By extension, a young man who rebels against traditional values and society. He's an angry young man, protesting against a government he thinks is unjust.
See also: angry, man, young

angry young man

a young man who feels and expresses anger at the conventional values of the society around him.
Originally, this term referred to a member of a group of socially conscious writers in Britain in the 1950s, in particular the playwright John Osborne. The phrase, the title of a book ( 1951 ) by Leslie Paul , was used of Osborne in the publicity material for his play Look Back in Anger ( 1956 ), in which the characteristic views of the angry young men were articulated by the anti-hero Jimmy Porter .
See also: angry, man, young
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In other words: "Thankfully sonny, the older you get the more right-wing you become, meaning these angry young men will soon be voting Tory.
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From meeting nomads to experiencing a session of 'throat singing' (sounds a bit like gargling to us), she gracefully visits a gold mine and a giant statue of Genghis Khan before, er, rushing off to Russia The Outcast BBC1, 9pm There are Angry Young Men, and then there's Lewis (George Mackay, left, with Daisy Bevan).
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Three things that all of those countries have in common are: vast natural resources, arbitrary borders, and many angry young men.
1957 "The figures of young men - this flood of angry young men into our prisons and borstals - discloses a situation which is causing the Government the greatest anxiety," said Lord Mancroft.
They may not be the angry young men high on attitude and libido they were in the 70s and 80s, but the four piece still know how to get a crowd going - even if the fans themselves are, for the most part, the wrong side of 40.
Bringmesunshine Yeah and Millwall is full of angry young men too - and that is just the crowd.
The Nottingham-born writer, whose novels marked him out as one of the Angry Young Men of British fiction who emerged in the 1950s, died at Charing Cross Hospital in London.
DEAR ANGRY YOUNG MAN: We were all angry young men once, well except maybe those pansies in the NDP, who were simply boys in need of a good ass kicking.
Their songs would deal with social issues of the day, painting an image of a country suffering industrial decline and racial unrest, as well as capturing the frustrations of angry young men.
Five days after the announcement, 17 angry young men wiped the floor with Dewsbury Rams 40-0.
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