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man about town

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  1. a socially active, sophisticated man who frequents fashionable nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, etc.; playboy; boulevardier.
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Origin of man about town

First recorded in 1775–85
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playboy, cosmopolitan, sophisticate, Corinthian

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British Dictionary definitions for man-about-town

man about town

  1. a fashionable sophisticate, esp one in a big city
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Idioms and Phrases with man-about-town

man about town

A man who frequently attends fashionable social functions, as in Fred is quite the man about town these days. This expression, first recorded in 1734, uses town in the sense of “a sophisticated place” as opposed to rural settings.

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