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Boys will be boys !


Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) have a typical behaviour

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

Boys will be boys’ is something you say which means it is not surprising when boys or men behave in a noisy, rude, or childish way.

French translation

Il faut que jeunesse se passe, les garçons ne changeront jamais.

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Examples in context

BOYS WILL BE BOYS : Olympic bosses outraged. Is anyone else ? Aside from the incidents involving D’Arcy and Monk themselves, swimming has had some bad press. Former golden boy Grant Hackett’s public split with his wife exposed a drunken and violent side to a personality long put on a pedestal. And Ian Thorpe’s failure to qualify for the Olympics after his much-hyped comeback was an unmitigated disaster. Still . Is that cause for D’Arcy and Monk to be lynched ? Boys will be boy.’

news.com.au, 8 June 2012

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Boys Will Be Boys ? Not in These Families. A 3 ½-year-old named Harry was playing at home in Los Angeles recently when his father walked in with a Target shopping bag. Inside was a special gift for the little boy : a sparkly princess Barbie doll. “You could hear the gasp of excitement,” recounted Harry’s mother, Lee. “It just made his whole world.”’

The New York Times, 11 June 2012

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Everyday usage

You can’t blame David for breaking the window with his baseball. Boys will be boys.

My husband can’t resist driving eighty miles an hour in his new sports car. Boys will be boys.

b) let somebody out cold

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c) that’s the last straw

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