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office boy

a person, traditionally a boy, employed in an office to run errands, do odd jobs, etc.
Origin of office boy
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • One day his office-boy brought in word that Mrs. Taber would like to see him.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • How did you manage to get past my office-boy and invade my sanctum?

  • In business, a broker isn't considered a dude because he declines to be his own office-boy.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • When Mr. Sharp was an office-boy, his name had been "Little Big-brains."

    Cripps, the Carrier R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • The office-boy had brought the first bouquet, which was a little late in coming.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • Then the office-boy had to tell the whole story all over again.

  • "The office-boy, to whom I always give it in charge before leaving the bank," said Prosper.

    File No. 113 Emile Gaboriau
  • "I'm afraid I'll never do that, sir," said the office-boy gravely.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • Well, no, I would not care to put it in that way, but your office-boy must know that false representations void it.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • "Mr. Nicholas is out, miss," said the office-boy, with gentlemanly regret.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for office-boy

office boy

a former name for office junior
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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