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bachelor party

A party thrown by the male friends of a soon-to-be groom. Jonathan didn't want a crazy bachelor party, so he and his friends went out for a few quiet drinks.
See also: bachelor, party

son of a gun

1. A mean or unpleasant man. Julie's ex-husband was such a mean son of a gun, it's no wonder she divorced him.
2. An emphatic expression of affection for a man one considers daring, mischievous, or tough. That son of a gun really pulled through for us when we needed him!
3. An inanimate object that is problematic. My car broke down, and I can't figure out how to fix the son of a gun!
See also: gun, of, son

confirmed bachelor

euphemism A homosexual man. Nellie, you do know that Jim is a confirmed bachelor, right? That's why he's not responding to your advances.
See also: bachelor, confirmed

son of a gun

 and son of a bachelor
a worthless person. (A substitute for son of a bitch.) That tightfisted son of a gun won't buy me a beer. He can be a real son of a bachelor when he's in a bad mood.
See also: gun, of, son

confirmed bachelor

a male homosexual. euphemistic
See also: bachelor, confirmed

son of a gun

a humorous or affectionate way of addressing or referring to someone. informal
The term arose with reference to the guns carried on board ships: it is said to have been originally applied to babies born at sea by women accompanying their husbands.
See also: gun, of, son

son of a gun

1. n. a despicable person, usually a male. (Euphemistic for son of a bitch.) If that son of a gun thinks he can boss me around like that, he’s got another think coming.
2. n. old buddy. I went to school with this son of a gun! He’s my old buddy.
3. exclam. I am totally surprised!; I am shocked! (Usually Son of a gun!) The thing just blew up! Son of a gun!
See also: gun, of, son

son of a gun

A rogue or scoundrel. Some etymologists believe that this term, which originated about 1700, once meant the illegitimate son of a soldier (gun). Others, however, believe it simply was a euphemism for son of a bitch that appealed because of its rhyme. Still another theory, recorded in Smyth’s Sailor’s Word-Book (1867), is that it was originally applied to boys who were born at sea, in the days when women were permitted to accompany their sailor husbands, and alluded to a child being “cradled under the breast of a gun.”
See also: gun, of, son
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Disappointed in love, Malone resigned himself to a life of crusty bachelordom with isolated eddies of inhibited relationships with women.
The wife and kids have been safely packed off to Stansted and I have a whole week of bachelordom ahead of me.
Whether he likes it or not, Ardal is about to return to the front line of public recognition thanks to his starring role in Big Bad World, ITV's new six-part drama series about the trials and tribulations of modern-day 'bachelordom'.