- having light-colored hair.
- fair-haired boy, Informal. a person, especially a young one, treated as a favorite or considered especially promising by a superior or the members of a group: He's the fair-haired boy of the literary set.
Origin of fair-haired
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- the usual US name for blue-eyed boy
Idioms and Phrases with fair-haired boy
A favorite, a person who is given special treatment. For example, Today the attorney general is the governor's fair-haired boy. This term alludes to the preference of blond (“fair”) hair over dark hair. [Late 1800s]
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