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Black Friday

1. Any day of major financial chaos or disaster; refers specifically to September 24, 1869, when stock speculators attempting to corner US gold trade caused the entire market to crash. The extremely fast growth in Wall Street has some economists worried that another Black Friday might be ahead if such growth continues unchecked.
2. The day after Thanksgiving in the US, on which extravagant sales create a frenzy of consumer activity in stores across the country. I hate working in retail on Black Friday—everyone acts like a crazy person!
See also: black, Friday

girl Friday

A female assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. Based on the term "man Friday," the term can be considered sexist. I like to have my daughter be my girl Friday during "take your child to work" day. She's a better worker than some of my employees!
See also: Friday, girl

when two Fridays come together

Never. Usually said sarcastically. A: "When are you going to help me clean out the garage?" B: "How about when two Fridays come together?"
See also: come, Friday, together, two

flashback Friday

A social media phenomenon in which older pictures (such as childhood photos) are posted on Friday with the phrase (often abbreviated "FBF") as an accompanying hashtag or caption. I'm going to post my second grade class picture for flashback Friday! Me at my senior prom! #flashbackFriday
See also: flashback, Friday

man Friday

An assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. I like to have my son be my man Friday during "take your child to work" day. He's a better worker than some of my employees!
See also: Friday, man

person Friday

An assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. I'm getting so swamped with administrative tasks—I really need a person Friday do to the grunt work so I can focus on the big picture.
See also: Friday, person

it'll be a frosty Friday

It is unlikely or impossible that it will ever occur. Sometimes followed by "in Hell," or "in July" or other hot places or times to add more emphasis. It'll be a frosty Friday when I sign over the lease of my land to you. It will be a frosty Friday in July before the two parties agree to anything.
See also: Friday, frosty

Black Friday

1. Also Black Monday, Black Tuesday, etc. A day of economic catastrophe, as in We feared there'd be another Black Friday. This usage dates from September 24, 1869, a Friday when stock manipulators Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market and caused its collapse. The adjective black has been appended to similar occasions ever since, including October 29, 1929, the Tuesday of the market collapse that marked the start of the Great Depression, and Black Monday of October 19, 1987, when the stock market experienced its greatest fall since the Great Depression.
2. Any day marked by great confusion or activity, as in It was just my luck to be traveling on Black Tuesday. This usage, too, is based on the events of 1869, marked by economic chaos. It has since been extended to other kinds of confusion, such as an accident hampering traffic during the evening rush hour.
See also: black, Friday

girl Friday

Also, gal Friday. An efficient and faithful female assistant, as in I'll have my girl Friday get the papers together. The expression plays on man Friday, a name for a devoted male servant or assistant. The name Friday comes from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, whose shipwrecked hero named the young native who became his faithful companion for the day of the week when he found him. In the mid-1900s Friday was applied to a male servant and then a women secretary or clerk who works for a man. The expression girl Friday gained currency through a motion picture starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday (1940). Today it tends to be considered condescending and, applied to a woman, sexist.
See also: Friday, girl

a man Friday

A man Friday is a man who is trusted by someone and helps them with lots of different jobs. She is toying with the idea of sending her new man Friday to Uttar Pradesh. Note: You can also call a woman a girl Friday. I became Lucian's girl Friday and would go during the night to fetch him from the National Gallery. Note: This expression comes from the name of a character in the novel `Robinson Crusoe' by Daniel Defoe.
See also: Friday, man

it'll be a frosty Friday (in July)

used to indicate that something is very unlikely to happen. Canadian informal
1990 Walter Stewart Right Church, Wrong Pew It would be a frosty Friday in the middle of July before he would discuss personal affairs with the press.
See also: Friday, frosty
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Based off last year's hours, Big Lots' Black Friday sales are projected to begin on Thursday, Nov.
It's a historic week at West Ranch High, as the football teamprepares for its first varsity game at Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria on Friday at 7 p.
Jared Clark tied Valencia's career home run record when he homered Friday against Burbank.
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on Friday, so business was great and traffic was great Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,'' she said.
The only long-term outage reported Friday was for about 200 homes in Leona Valley, which lost power just after 5 a.
01 of an inch of precipitation was recorded Friday, bringing this year's seasonal total to 4.
CHICAGO - United Airlines ground workers voted Friday on a labor agreement that, barring an unlikely rejection, would settle the carrier's last unresolved contract and would clear the way for talks on companywide wage concessions.
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Across the San Fernando Valley on Friday, Christian worshippers gathered to celebrate the death and rebirth of Jesus with many able to get off work at noon for a jump on Easter weekend.
The search began on Friday with a competition on the Santa Monica beachfront with local women invited to walk the runway and "strike a pose" for judges Sims, Judd and a scout from Karin Models, a leading modeling agency.
The Los Angeles City Council declined Friday to revive a plan to decorate the landmark Hollywood sign in red, white and blue for Veterans Day, saying there wasn't enough time to act on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce plan.
On this Friday, called ``Friday Night Grudge,'' Narez was with three friends talking, laughing and comparing car parts before taking the track.