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wide boy

Someone who attempts to earn money in a dishonest way. Primarily heard in UK. He's a wide boy who always tries to scam people out of money.
See also: boy, wide
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a ˈwide boy

(British English, informal, disapproving) a man who makes money in dishonest ways: If he offers you a business deal, say no. He’s a bit of a wide boy.
See also: boy, wide
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