white-haired boy

white-haired boy

or

white-headed boy

n
a favourite; darling
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The service heard the electrician, who had almost finished his apprenticeship having previously worked as a blocklayer, was the "white-haired boy" in the eyes of his mother Moira who died 11 years ago.
That poor, dear, white-haired boy, who has to - look away now if you're feeling emotional - 'save up' for presents they don't quite deem suitable.