Meaning of wide boy in English:

wide boy


informal British
  • A man involved in petty criminal activities.

    • ‘Thanks to the wide boys, spivs, spin doctors and hereditary idiots who have hijacked a once great Australian institution.’
    • ‘Yet the more sensible half of me thinks that the six city wide boys involved are undoubtedly very sad individuals.’
    • ‘Wide checks for wide boys, collarless Cardin for the classless Beatles, zoots for the sharp, velvet for the hip, tweeds for the country gentleman and Brooks Brothers for the modestly ambitious.’
    • ‘Amidst booming drum 'n' bass, models stilettoed through the sawdust and sauntered around the audience whilst being accosted by wide boys shouting abuse and touching them up.’
    • ‘Blind Date was always a heartless show, because its appeal is not whether the wide boys and bimbos will fall in love - or to put it less euphemistically, have sex.’
    • ‘Consequently, the leery wide boys responsible laughed in the face of the law for two years before the police finally found witnesses prepared to testify.’
    • ‘Oh, and I suppose I should mention that there are two or three male presenters but they all look like dreadful wide boys and are quite unremarkable.’
    • ‘We paid two dodgy East End wide boys to come and take away all the rubbish we had gathered in the weeks since we last had work done - it cost a little bit less than a skip would have done.’
    • ‘Prices had doubled or tripled because the American broadcasters were prepared to pay what the local wide boys were asking.’
    • ‘Part of Preece's limited budget for next term will be spent on bringing a couple of wide boys to the club.’
    • ‘Prolier than thou, and ostentatiously radical, but a bit too fond of the cigars and limos and always looking a bit odd in a suit that was slightly too expensive… what the English call a wide boy.’
    • ‘She thinks he's a bit of a wide boy and he really has to earn her respect… which eventually he does.’
    • ‘He was the epitome of the cockney wide boy but what a shock to the system of his new found well to do relatives when he inherited the country seat and title of Lord Hareford.’
    • ‘Except he's a bit of a wide boy (being careful here to avoid possible writs) with a tendency to say ‘libation’ when he means booze.’
    • ‘He has gained a reputation as a dilettante, a dabbler who had the right accent at the right time, a wide boy who bashes off a thin book when he's not too busy having a good time.’
    • ‘Politicians, TV personalities, pub landlords and cockney wide boys have all felt the brush of mainstream satire, but rarely has the office manager come under such intense and at times painful scrutiny.’
    • ‘Thankfully it's not elitist though and the crowd is a mix of wide boys on the beer, girls in high heels and highlights on the Cosmos, and a few non regulars just popping in to relax and chat in elegant surrounds.’
    • ‘The only way to slow up the wide boys in the industry is to educate consumers, starting at school and continuing with government funded education programs for adults.’
    • ‘She has a nine o clock appointment with that wide boy Willie Dynham.’


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