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“Little Boy Blue” definition


A nursery rhyme:

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn;
But where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack fast asleep.
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  • When little boy blue could eat no more golden johnny-cake, and drink no more creamy milk, he jumped up from the door-step.

  • We ought to have little boy blue here to drive them out with his horn.

  • little boy blue was now very happy, and his mother was proud and contented and began to improve in health.

    Mother Goose in Prose L. Frank Baum
  • "little boy blue," or "Boy" for short, would probably stick to him throughout his naval career.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • Why did you sleep, little boy blue, when you should have watched the cows and the sheep?

    Mother Goose in Prose L. Frank Baum
  • The poor widow wept tears of joy when she heard his story, and smiled when he told her that his name was to be little boy blue.

    Mother Goose in Prose L. Frank Baum
  • little boy blue checked his grief long enough to stare at Cinderella incredulously.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • little boy blue ran to the cottage for water and bathed the poor woman's face, and raised her head that she might drink.

    Mother Goose in Prose L. Frank Baum
  • little boy blue was arrayed in blue rompers, cunningly made of one piece, and very ample.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • To know the little boy blue in his domestic life had been my desire for years.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller

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