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Jack the Lad

A confident, carefree young man. Primarily heard in UK. Jim's a bit of a Jack the Lad—he likes his job as a bicycle courier and doesn't care what anybody else thinks.
See also: jack, lad

one of the lads

An accepted member of a particular social group, especially one made up primarily or entirely of men. Primarily heard in UK. John's a nice guy and all, but he just never seemed like one of the lads. As a woman working in this industry, you have to both be one of the lads and still be seen distinctly as a lady.
See also: lad, of, one

be one of the boys

To be an accepted member of a particular social group, especially one made up primarily or entirely of men. Primarily heard in US. John's a nice guy and all, but he's just not one of the boys. As a woman working in this industry, you have to both be one of the boys while still being seen distinctly as a lady.
See also: boy, of, one

be one of the lads

To be an accepted member of a particular social group, especially one made up primarily or entirely of men. Primarily heard in UK. John's a nice guy and all, but he's just not one of the lads. As a woman working in this industry, you have to both be one of the lads while still being seen distinctly as a lady.
See also: lad, of, one

be one of the girls

To be an accepted member of a particular social group, especially one made up primarily or entirely of women. Jen's nice and all, but she's just not one of the girls.
See also: girl, of, one

one of the lads

BRITISH
If you describe a man as one of the lads, you mean that he is accepted as being part of a group of men who behave in ways which are considered typically masculine. He likes being one of the lads, you know, drinking beer down the pub. He is immensely popular, truly one of the lads. Compare with one of the boys.
See also: lad, of, one

a ˌJack the ˈLad

(British English, slang) a young man who is very confident in a noisy way, and enjoys going out with male friends, drinking alcohol and trying to attract women: He used to be a bit of a Jack the Lad — I never thought he’d settle down and get married.This was originally the nickname of an 18th-century thief called Jack Sheppard.
See also: jack, lad

be one of the ˈlads/ˈboys/ˈgirls

(informal) be a member of a group of friends of the same sex and a similar age, who meet regularly to enjoy themselves: His wife doesn’t understand that he likes being one of the lads from time to time.She’s never really been one of the girls. She much prefers the company of men.
See also: boy, girl, lad, of, one
References in classic literature ?
With this she went off, and as soon as she had gone the lad took the pin out of his master's coat.
I could hear them bickering among themselves as to whose fault it was; some were weeping--for themselves, for me, and for the disgraceful way their lads had behaved.
An incident which happened about this time will set the characters of these two lads more fairly before the discerning reader than is in the power of the longest dissertation.
An we would help this lad, we have no time to go thither and back before his true love will be married.
Methinks thou art overyoung to be perplexed with trouble," quoth Robin kindly; then, turning to the others, he cried, "Come, lads, busk ye and get our feast ready; only thou, Will Scarlet, and thou, Little John, stay here with me.
The lad, waiting in the front garden, followed her.
Then he went into the room; the lad, by his own directions, following him in; and the door being left wide open.
The land literally flowed with milk and honey on such occasions, for the lads were not required to sit at table, but allowed to partake of refreshment as they liked--freedom being the sauce best beloved by the boyish soul.
Then, from above him, voice after voice took up the words, and from tree to tree echoed the music of the unseen choir, as the boys sang with all their hearts the little song that Jo had written, Laurie set to music, and the Professor trained his lads to give with the best effect.
I take nae manner of interest in the lad, and I'll pay nae ransome, and ye can make a kirk and a mill of him for what I care.
Well, see here: you dinnae want the lad back; well, what do ye want done with him, and how much will ye pay?
Eh, my lad, he went aff to Treddles'on this forenoon, an's niver come back.
You might keep some of your kisses for me, Sibyl, I think," said the lad with a good-natured grumble.
As if bound to do their duty manfully, yet rather oppressed by it, each lad paused beside her chair in his wanderings, made a brief remark, received a still briefer answer, and then sheered off with a relieved expression.
Their knights and squires, lad, are every whit as good as ours, and I could pick out a score of those who ride behind Du Guesclin who would hold the lists with sharpened lances against the best men in the army of England.