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best boy

noun, Movie and Television Slang.
1.
the first assistant to the head electrician.
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Examples from the Web for best boy
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  • I'd like to have the people say, 'There goes Tip Lewis; he's the best boy in town.'

  • I was the best boy in that little Mississippi town where I lived.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Arthur loves his mother, and is the best boy in the village.

    Minnie Brown

    Daniel Wise
  • He is the best boy I have ever known—except our best-of-best Bob!

    Six Girls and the Tea Room

    Marion Ames Taggart
  • George has not quite so many, but I am the oldest, and I ought to be the best boy.

  • Besides, when my best boy comes down to see me he likes to see me alone.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
  • But, above all there was Harry Winburn, the quickest and best boy in the parish.

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
  • "You're the best boy in England, Stevy," he said, and kissed me affectionately.

    The Hole in the Wall

    Arthur Morrison
  • Says she's got her best boy with her, and that he is having to wait outside on the steps!

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • But above all there was Harry Winburn, the quickest and best boy in the parish.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for best boy

best boy

noun
1.
(mainly US) the assistant to the senior electrician or to the key grip in a film crew
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