printer's devil

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print·er's devil

An apprentice in a printing establishment.

[From the apprentice becoming black from the ink.]
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printer's devil

(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) an apprentice or errand boy in a printing establishment
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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Noun1.printer's devil - an apprentice in a printing establishment
apprentice, prentice, learner - works for an expert to learn a trade
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References in classic literature ?
But we must get down into the Vale again, and so away by the Great Western Railway to town, for time and the printer's devil press, and it is a terrible long and slippery descent, and a shocking bad road.
I have sent, for your private consideration, a list of the contents of this curious piece, which I shall perhaps subjoin, with your approbation, to the third volume of my Tale, in case the printer's devil should continue impatient for copy, when the whole of my narrative has been imposed.
Michael Schoepke started as a young apprentice, or a "printer's devil," on the typesetting machine, collecting, melting and recycling the lead lines of type that were made up into pages of the newspaper into bars.
The other one, Printer's Devil, was also in some ways an act of self-indulgence.
Printer's Devil: The Life and Work of Frederic Warde.
A Light-emitting diode B Liquid-emitting display C Light-enhancing data D Luminous energy dot QUESTION 5 - for 5 points: What was a printer's devil? A A mallet used to secure single lines of type in place B A break in the paper reel C An apprentice printer D A spelling mistake in a newspaper QUESTION 6 - for 6 points: Husband and wife Michael and Xochi Birch founded which social networking site in 2005?
In his thoughtful and important new book, Kerry Waiters delineates the metamorphosis from "the gloomy doctrines of Calvinism" to a "natural religion of Deism." In London, a young Billingsgate printer's devil, Benjamin Franklin, "religiously educated as a Presbyterian," read anti-Deist tracts that "wrought an effect on [himl quite contrary to what was intended by them." The Deists' arguments for a natural religion based on the faculty of reason appeared to young Franklin "much stronger than the refutations; in short, [he] soon became a thorough Deist" (52).
The photo of Anil on the back cover shows he's a bit of a lingujistic sprite combined with a bit of the printer's devil.
Yet, the translators could not fight the Printer's Devil which got into the first edition itself where Ruth was referred to as "he".
Riqsby and His Amazing Sihouettes will stage Shadow Odyssey in conjunction with Printer's Devil Theatre (at Theatre Off Jackson) Oct.
Messages flashed on the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) intelligent system, though not fraught with the printer's devil or wrong grammar, are equally comic.
The dictionary defines "printer's devil" as a trade apprentice.