man Friday


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man Friday

n. pl. men Friday or men Fridays
An efficient, faithful male aide or employee.

[After Friday, a character in Robinson Crusoe, a novel by Daniel Defoe.]

man Friday

n
a loyal male servant or assistant
[after the native in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (1719)]

man′ Fri′day


n., pl. men Friday (or Fridays).
a reliable male assistant; right-hand man.
[1885–90; after Friday, the devoted servant in Robinson Crusoe]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.man Friday - the most helpful assistantman Friday - the most helpful assistant    
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
Translations

man Friday

n (= male helper)rechte Hand (fig), → Mädchen ntfür alles (inf iro)
References in classic literature ?
By this I understood that my man Friday had formerly been among the savages who used to come on shore on the farther part of the island, on the same man-eating occasions he was now brought for; and some time after, when I took the courage to carry him to that side, being the same I formerly mentioned, he presently knew the place, and told me he was there once, when they ate up twenty men, two women, and one child; he could not tell twenty in English, but he numbered them by laying so many stones in a row, and pointing to me to tell them over.
This observation of mine put a great many thoughts into me, which made me at first not so easy about my new man Friday as I was before; and I made no doubt but that, if Friday could get back to his own nation again, he would not only forget all his religion but all his obligation to me, and would be forward enough to give his countrymen an account of me, and come back, perhaps with a hundred or two of them, and make a feast upon me, at which he might be as merry as he used to be with those of his enemies when they were taken in war.
But, another Crusoe chancing upon the footprint of another man Friday, his nose, not his eyes, shocked him electrically alert as he smelled the fresh contact of a living man's foot with the ground.
And so," George Curtis ended, "we have lived for nearly two years, like a second Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday, hoping against hope that some natives might come here to help us away, but none have come.
My nephew was ready to sail about the beginning of January 1694-5; and I, with my man Friday, went on board, in the Downs, the 8th; having, besides that sloop which I mentioned above, a very considerable cargo of all kinds of necessary things for my colony, which, if I did not find in good condition, I resolved to leave so.
Police arrested a Springfield man Friday for allegedly molesting a young girl numerous times.
When he won, then Vajpayee's Man Friday Pramod Mahajan asked him whether he would take oath at an auspicious time.
WORCESTER -- Police arrested a local man Friday for carrying a gun without a license after a passer-by noticed the firearm in the man's waistband.
Besides his father, Akhilesh is surrounded by his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and his father's Man Friday Mohammad Azam Khan, who keep defying him, giving the impression that the young CM does not have control over his council of ministers.
Regular panellist Carol, 53, thinks new boss Martin Frizell should give the show their very own Man Friday.
Summary: The police arrested a man Friday suspected of harassing minors on the Internet and blackmailing them into having sexual relations with him.
Plaudits also go to narrator Kay Sanders, baddie Craig Garner-Beasley and Man Friday Samuel Hudson, while the supporting cast includes Alex Lewis (Scurvy), Ian Bottrill (Weevil), Lisa Gibson (Coral) and Faye Nicholson (Mustaffa).