blue-eyed boy

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blue-eyed boy

An often derogatory term used to describe a man who is respected and treated especially well by an authority figure. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. It was no surprise that Frankie got the promotion. Everyone knows he's the boss's blue eyed boy.
See also: boy
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your blue-eyed boy

mainly BRITISH or

your fair-haired boy

Someone's blue-eyed boy or fair-haired boy is a man that they like very much and give special treatment to. He'd lost interest in Willy by that time — I was the blue-eyed boy. For ten years you've been everybody's blue-eyed boy. You're one of the best-known magistrates in the country. Okay, okay. I won't do anything to hurt your fair-haired boy. And business is business. We'll work together as we always have. Note: You usually use these expressions to show that you think the person is wrong to treat the man so favourably.
See also: boy
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a blue-eyed boy

the favourite of someone in authority.
The significance of blue eyes may be their association with the innocence and charm of a very young child. The term is first recorded in a novel by P. G. Wodehouse in 1924 .
1998 Spectator Of the three, the arrest of Osborne, one of the blue-eyed boys of British racing, was the most striking.
See also: boy
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your, somebody’s, etc. ˌblue-eyed ˈboy

(informal, usually disapproving) the favourite, especially of a person in authority; a person that somebody thinks is perfect: Bob is certain to be promoted: he’s the manager’s blue-eyed boy.
See also: boy
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