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poor boy

Southern U.S. (chiefly Gulf States) . a hero sandwich.
Origin of poor boy
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80
Regional variation note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I was once a poor boy myself, obliged to struggle for my living.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • My poor boy, he who is sitting in sackcloth and ashes needs no jester.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The aged and illustrious man had done what the poor boy refused to do.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The weak tenderness of his mother has cost the poor boy an immortality.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It only excited the poor boy, because he could not help them being so.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Jack, poor boy, you are not a human being—you are not even a beast.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • But I have secured the grave for a period of five years for the poor boy.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • 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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