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girl Friday

noun, plural girl Fridays. Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.
Origin of girl Friday
First recorded in 1935-40; modeled on man Friday Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for girl Friday

girl Friday

a female employee who has a wide range of duties, usually including secretarial and clerical work
Word Origin
C20: coined on the pattern of man Friday
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Slang definitions & phrases for girl Friday

gal Friday

noun phrase

A woman assistant or secretary, esp in an office; female factotum; gofer

[1940+; fr Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe, where the servant and companion was named Friday]

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Idioms and Phrases with girl Friday

girl Friday

Also,gal Friday. An efficient and faithful female assistant, as in I'll have my girl Friday get the papers together. The expression plays onman Friday, a name for a devoted male servant or assistant. The name Friday comes from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, whose shipwrecked hero named the young native who became his faithful companion for the day of the week when he found him. In the mid-1900s Friday was applied to a male servant and then a women secretary or clerk who works for a man. The expression girl Friday gained currency through a motion picture starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday (1940). Today it tends to be considered condescending and, applied to a woman, sexist.
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