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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!
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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.
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Gal Friday admitted to feeling nervous at first, "but now to be naked is not even an issue anymore.
His heart also proves vulnerable to his long-suffering gal Friday, Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, a much less icy presence here than she's ever been on the screen.
He notes the 1940s usages pinup girl and sweater girl, the success of feminists in the 1970s in removing from common parlance the demeaning office girl and girl or gal Friday, and the persistence of single girl, glamour girl, cover girl, and working girl.
Unemployed, Livingston took out a classified in the New York Times, advertising herself as a gal Friday with shorthand and typing skills in need of a job.
Gelbart is serious enough, but in the manner of a vintage Hitchcock thriller, putting a gloss of irony on such stock characters as bimbo, gal Friday, tough D.
When rich, clueless client Tomi (Ivan Fenyo) demands immediate results in inept pursuit of schoolteacher Veronika (Monika Ullmann), Peter, along with gal Friday Betti (Patricia Kovacs), plots an elaborate weekend getaway that runs off the rails when he tumbles for Veronika and she reveals a startling secret.
While Whiteside upends the family equilibrium with his imperious commands and a stream of oddball visitors, the slender plot at the center of the play concerns the romance that blooms between Whiteside's gal Friday, Maggie Cutler (Harriet Harris), and a squeaky-clean local journalist, Bert Jefferson (Hank Stratton), a relationship that the peevish Whiteside is anxious to nip in the bud lest it deprive him of his trusty assistant.