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man-about-town

A fashionable man known for socializing. Although he's been called a man-about-town by the press, he secretly prefers quiet evenings at home.

man about town

a fashionable man who leads a sophisticated life. He prefers a nightclub to a quiet night at home—a man about town. Bob's too much of a man about town to go to a football game.
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man about town

A man who frequently attends fashionable social functions, as in Fred is quite the man about town these days. This expression, first recorded in 1734, uses town in the sense of "a sophisticated place" as opposed to rural settings.
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man about town

a fashionable male socialite.
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a/the ˌman about ˈtown

a man who frequently goes to fashionable parties, clubs, theatres, etc.
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References in classic literature ?
But the canvas of my imagination, when it came to limning the Man About Town, was blank.
It is a galling thing,' said Ralph, after a short term of silence, during which he had eyed the sufferer keenly, 'to think that the man about town, the rake, the ROUE, the rook of twenty seasons should be brought to this pass by a mere boy
India also approached Mullah Baradar of the Afghan Taliban before the ISI arrested him in Karachi earlier this year," alleged the Man About Town.
For many years he was the sophisticated journalist and writer, the man about town, whose nom de plume was 'Saki', yet the forty-six-year-old man was killed in the Great War in which he served as a mere Lance Corporal.
When he appeared at the Four Courts on Wednesday he looked every bit the man about town dressed in a three-quarter length jacket set off with black leather gloves.
The Man About Town, danced with superb and unusual panache by Jeffrey Stanton, flirts with anyone in a skirt, from The Wife to a chamber maid, in the 1913 hotel that is the ballet's mise-en-scene.