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merry men

plural noun
(facetious) a person's assistants or followers
Word Origin
C19: originally, the companions of a knight, outlaw, etc
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  • Your merry men are going to carry Elaines nice new playthings up to her room.

  • I shall be glad to see him and his merry men, and try to thank them all.

  • The four merry men gathered round her and bowed low, then sang her an 64 ancient ballad to the accompaniment of the violin.

  • Ride on, my merry men all, and let us get back to Nottingham Town as speedily as we may.

  • The jubilant colliery owner and his merry men took care to pass the Fairburn pit, with frantic cheerings and hallooings.

    With Marlborough to Malplaquet Herbert Strang and Richard Stead
  • Mayhap, then, you'll come on deck and tell these merry men as much, for they do only jeer at me.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • At length, tired with his rambles, their chief gave a signal to his merry men to close around him.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • Bands might gather and live in the forests, like Robin Hood and his merry men.

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