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little boy blue

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“Little Boy Blue” definition


A nursery rhyme:

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn;
But where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack fast asleep.
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  • I don't know what his name was, but they called him little boy blue.

    Brooks's Readers: First Year Stratton D. Brooks
  • We ought to have little boy blue here to drive them out with his horn.

  • Why did you sleep, little boy blue, when you should have watched the cows and the sheep?

    Mother Goose in Prose

    L. Frank Baum
  • "little boy blue," or "Boy" for short, would probably stick to him throughout his naval career.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • The poor widow wept tears of joy when she heard his story, and smiled when he told her that his name was to be little boy blue.

    Mother Goose in Prose

    L. Frank Baum
  • little boy blue was now very happy, and his mother was proud and contented and began to improve in health.

    Mother Goose in Prose

    L. Frank Baum
  • little boy blue ran to the cottage for water and bathed the poor woman's face, and raised her head that she might drink.

    Mother Goose in Prose

    L. Frank Baum
  • And when the day broke she was resting easily and the pain had left her, and she told little boy blue he must go to his work.

    Mother Goose in Prose

    L. Frank Baum
  • The senior division of the primary class had read the story of little boy blue.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature Ontario Ministry of Education
  • The farmer drove away, and little boy blue watched the cows and the sheep.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature Ontario Ministry of Education

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