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man Friday

An assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. I like to have my son be my man Friday during "take your child to work" day. He's a better worker than some of my employees!
See also: Friday, man

a man Friday

A man Friday is a man who is trusted by someone and helps them with lots of different jobs. She is toying with the idea of sending her new man Friday to Uttar Pradesh. Note: You can also call a woman a girl Friday. I became Lucian's girl Friday and would go during the night to fetch him from the National Gallery. Note: This expression comes from the name of a character in the novel `Robinson Crusoe' by Daniel Defoe.
See also: Friday, man

girl/man Friday

Trusted assistant. This term comes from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), in which Crusoe found a young savage on a Friday, and this man became his faithful servant and companion on the desert island. “I take my man Friday with me,” said Crusoe. Some mid-twentieth-century advertising pundit invented “girl Friday”—or gal Friday—to describe the female clerk-of-all-work, presumably on the assumption that it lent some glamour to a low-level, poorly paid position. It caught on mainly through being used as the title of a 1940 motion picture starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday. In the 1970s, when affirmative action came to the American labor market, the term fell into disrepute.
See also: Friday, girl, man
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My Man Friday on the next sunlounger was more philosophical about a few days' delay.
The children were divided into three teams - Footprint, Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday - and designed the rafts themselves, together with paddles and flags.
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JFK, Nixon, Oliver Stone and Me is ostensibly a record of this period, the decline and fall of Oliver Stone as told by his man Friday.
Crusoe and Man Friday have become a part of our culture.
Tickets are now on sale for deckside seats on board Oakwood's Magical Theatre ship where the fellow crewmates - pretty Polly, Bluebeard the Pirate and even King Neptune himself - will be the heroes and heroines of the classic Robinson Crusoe pantomime, Man Friday.
Police arrested a man Friday on suspicion of interfering with the operation of Tokyo's Yamanote train line by throwing a bicycle onto its tracks Thursday evening, police said.
The 27-year-old Scot proved he is Formula One's Man Friday by again topping the opening-day practice times here yesterday, but knows that even if he maintains the advantage, it is unlikely to bring him a win.
He would hereafter refuse to play man Friday, if the only reason for deference were the assumed superiority of white people.
He calls him " Man Friday, " because he met him on a Friday, and makes him his companion and servant.
They prepare a hotel entertainment based on Robinson Crusoe and man Friday, which to be sure sounds less than promising.
Police arrested a man Friday evening after he allegedly fired a handgun during a fight.