one of the lads

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

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
References in classic literature ?
My dear, will you be so kind as to tell one of the lads to look after the shop while I step across the lane with Mr.
So doing one car at a time, one of the lads jumped in the drivers' seats and the other pushed to get them up the bank.
When asked how she found working in a maledominated environment, she added: "You've just got to fit in and be one of the lads in the kitchen, that's just how it is.
Her Dolphin Swimming Club coach Mick McCormack told the Neil Prendeville Show yesterday: "Clodagh recognised one of the lads was in trouble.
One of the lads was kind enough to follow me into the shop and pass my debit card back to me.
No shots were red but one of the lads suered facial injuries when he was assaulted.
Debuchy and Sissoko for France, Tiote for Ivory Coast and Krul for Holland, but it is just not the same as seeing one of the lads pull on the Three Lions shirt.
But I'd been one of the lads at Chelsea and one of the lads at Milan, and I knew what I had to do to become one of the lads at White Hart Lane.
He is like the dad and one of the lads rolled into one, cheering his beloved club on with his beaming smile.
She thinks that helping the boys' team will be enough to get one over on her hubby, but she bites off more than she can chew when one of the lads ends up getting a bit too close for comfort.
I remember you most for just being there Sober and quiet and black wavy hair Digging the garden, at work or in bed Seemed to me was the life that you led You looked just the same as all other dads A cap and a mac, one of the lads I can't remember you not going to work A decent wage was surely the perk And when we needed coats dresses and shoes It was off to Lewis's and you'd let us choose You smiled a lot at us four girls I think you enjoyed the ribbons and curls I grew to feel safe and had not fear Because Dad I just knew you'd always be near And you were xxx| Send your poems to Sunday Mercury Short Stories, Sunday Mercury, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FF.
Ex-hussar Jordan Wylie, who founded the Facebook group, said: "It was outrageous Harry was criticised for his antics in Las Vegas because he is just one of the lads.
Because he only stopped playing a while ago, he knows what the boys want - he's still one of the lads really, he's still kicking people in training
We tried hard and every single one of the lads never lacked in effort, but in the end it just wasn't enough.
Every one of the lads in the second half was just fantastic.