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)
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But I was not content with this discovery; but having now more courage, and consequently more curiosity, I took my man Friday with me, giving him the sword in his hand, with the bow and arrows at his back, which I found he could use very dexterously, making him carry one gun for me, and I two for myself; and away we marched to the place where these creatures had been; for I had a mind now to get some further intelligence of them.
When he had done this, we came back to our castle; and there I fell to work for my man Friday; and first of all, I gave him a pair of linen drawers, which I had out of the poor gunner's chest I mentioned, which I found in the wreck, and which, with a little alteration, fitted him very well; and then I made him a jerkin of goat's skin, as well as my skill would allow (for I was now grown a tolerably good tailor); and I gave him a cap which I made of hare's skin, very convenient, and fashionable enough; and thus he was clothed, for the present, tolerably well, and was mighty well pleased to see himself almost as well clothed as his master.
"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.
You're Robinson Crusoe an' I'm your man Friday. Make up your mind yet which way you're goin' to travel?"
"We are Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday going to see if the savages have come," she said presently, for her fancy was full of the dear old stories that all children love so well.
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.
The proposition went no further, although Joe had, at once, selected the part of Man Friday for himself.
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.
Now he was his valet, his dog, his man Friday. He believed Osborne to be the possessor of every perfection, to be the handsomest, the bravest, the most active, the cleverest, the most generous of created boys.
If Sergeant Cuff had found himself, at that moment, transported to a desert island, without a man Friday to keep him company, or a ship to take him off-- he would have found himself exactly where I wished him to be!
The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on his property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws.
KHANEWAL: The police arrested a man Friday, three days after he had set his house on fire that had left four children and two women injured with burns.