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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
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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
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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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Like 'Man Friday,' whose relationship with 'Robinson Crusoe' the main character in Defoe's novel is touted as the father-son type of intimacy and the former genuinely caring for the welfare of his circumstantial lad, ' Man Friday,' so also is Gen.
BEIRUT: Police detained a 32-year-old man Friday who shot at a vehicle carrying his 5-year-old daughter, ex-wife and her father in a Beirut suburb last week.
WORCESTER -- Police arrested a local man Friday for carrying a gun without a license after a passer-by noticed the firearm in the man's waistband.
Besides his father, Akhilesh is surrounded by his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and his father's Man Friday Mohammad Azam Khan, who keep defying him, giving the impression that the young CM does not have control over his council of ministers.
Plaudits also go to narrator Kay Sanders, baddie Craig Garner-Beasley and Man Friday Samuel Hudson, while the supporting cast includes Alex Lewis (Scurvy), Ian Bottrill (Weevil), Lisa Gibson (Coral) and Faye Nicholson (Mustaffa).
BERLIN, Safar 17, 1435, Dec 20, 2013, SPA -- After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany.
But then we end up meeting our mates later in the day, no time to go home and change and we end up in a club, dressed like Robinson Crusoe looking for Man Friday, trying to chat up a lass in a summer dress looking at us as if we've just floated in on a raft.
A court in northwest China's Qinghai Province sentenced a Tibetan man Friday to 13 years in prison for "goading" a monk to self-immolate and inciting splitting of the state, state-run Xinhua News Agency said.
KARACHI, November 19, 2011 (Frontier Star): Controversies have struck the blast that occurred in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi killing one man Friday morning.
The Muslim Brotherhood, who decided on Wednesday to join in the protest, after saying they wouldn't, yesterday noted that they would set up an 'operations rooms' in Cairo and other governorates, in order to follow the 'Million Man Friday'.
Another one who is clearly finding it hard to get away from it all is council leader Joe Anderson's Man Friday and former leader of Rochdale council Richard Farnell, who - fresh from masterminding Labour's routing of the Lib-Dems in May and the response to government spending cuts - has taken a well-earned break in Madrid.
Elsewhere in the province, an unknown armed man Friday night opened fire on Afghan National Army troops in the Sabri district, injuring one soldier.
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.
F1's Man Friday Nico Rosberg is 9-2 favourite to be fastest in tomorrow morning's first practice session, with Vettel and Button both 6-1 shots to top the times.