One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used approvingly to refer to a very lively boy or young man.
- ‘After dinner we were waiting on the Balcony sipping our coffee to see a procession when in came some of the other Officers of the North Star from their boating excursion among whom was a broth of a boy a Marine a friend of Chambers.’
- ‘Ambrose too had a long reign as a minor - a broth of a boy.’
- ‘You're right, my jewel; there's not such a broth of a boy to be picked up every day in the week.’
- ‘But he's much more of a broth of a boy now, right enough.’
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