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Peck's Bad Boy

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  1. the mischievous boy in a series of newspaper stories and collected volumes by the American newspaperman and humorist George Wilbur Peck (1840–1916).
  2. Usually Peck's bad boy.
    1. any mischievous boy.
    2. a recalcitrant person or organization.
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Peck's bad boy

"unruly or mischievous child," 1883, from fictional character created by George Wilbur Peck (1840-1916).

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