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Someone who is popular, admired, and successful. The term can imply that the individual's faults are overlooked. Jake was the golden boy of the team, much to the chagrin of his teammates.
a golden boy
If you call a man a golden boy, you mean that they are very popular or successful. When the movie came out the critics went wild, hailing Tarantino as the golden boy of the 1990s. Note: You can describe a popular or successful woman as a golden girl. Jacqueline du Pré, with her flowing blond hair and good looks, was the golden girl of classical music in the sixties.
golden boya very popular or successful man. informal
2005 Norman Lebrecht La Scena Musicale From the day he raised a baton as principal conductor in Birmingham in 1980 , Rattle has been the golden boy of classical music.