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poor boy

Southern U.S. (chiefly Gulf States) . a hero sandwich.
Origin of poor boy
1875-80, Americanism
Regional variation note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I beg that you won't play tricks with a poor boy like me," he said.

  • I was once a poor boy myself, obliged to struggle for my living.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Oh, he is a poor boy who works around Miss Taylor's place—a distant cousin of hers, I believe.

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Jack, poor boy, you are not a human being—you are not even a beast.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The poor boy peeped into the dining-room and drew back, his eyes almost drunk with mahogany, and gold and Spanish leather.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • But I have secured the grave for a period of five years for the poor boy.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But the poor boy knew mighty well that if he touched her she would vanish.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • What delight it gave her to hear of the bravery of her poor boy!

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
Slang definitions & phrases for poor boy

poor boy

noun phrase

A very large sandwich; Dagwood, hero sandwich

[1921+; coined and invented by Clovis and Benjamin Martin, who opened a New Orleans restaurant in 1921]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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