dead-end kid

dead-end kid

n. a youth with no future, usually a male. Frank was a dead-end kid from the day he was born.
See also: kid
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Andrew was not some dead-end kid who roamed the urban jungles by day and raved through the night.
They have already gone from dead-end kids to a disciplined unit of young men who fight for each other and can see a future in Cambodia's newly-formed professional league.
Mr Benton pointed to the "magnificent" success of Sefton education bosses in turning around sink school, boosting pass rates, curbing truancy and giving a future to youngsters who might otherwise become dead-end kids.
A writer in World War II observed that the Marine Corps seemed to be made up of a combination of dead-end kids and boys named Percival.
A former teen hustler himself, JT LeRoy was once just like the dead-end kids he writes about.
Wallace's play about the ultimately tragic relationship between a pair of dead-end kids evolves gradually from a slightly ponderous slice of Depression-era life to an entirely pretentious meditation on any number of ill-defined themes.
Gummo Harmony Korine, the 23-year-old scripter of the controversial ``Kids,'' makes his directoral debut with this day-in-the-life drama of the dead-end kids in grimy Xenia, Ohio.
A pity she's taking son Jamie, whom Joseph Gilgun has made into one of the most delightfully deadpan, dead-end kids on the box.
Even on Beavis and Butt-head, any fair reading is that their violent acts are committed by vacuous losers, Dead-End Kids for the '90s, and in that context violence is not "glorified" or intended to be a model for behavior.
And if they are not deflected from major crime out of fear of being sent up to "the big house,' or there isn't a friendly Irish cop or other benefactor to restrain them, the dead-end kids will become full-fledged gangsters who will fight their way out of their dead end.
A sensation when it opened in London more than a year ago, this loud and graphic tale of dead-end kids owes more than a little of its notoriety to a title that even New York's daily newspapers won't print in full.