One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boy who makes tea and does other jobs for a group of workers.‘pity help any billy boy who didn't have the water ready on time’
- ‘He had not worked his way up from a 15-year-old billy boy in North Queensland to be overawed by anyone's 'flowery phrases'.’
- ‘After primary education at the public school, he became billy boy to a cane-cutting gang.’
- ‘The billy boy is hard at work preparing elevenses for the tradesmen on the site where he works in August 1937.’
- ‘As well as learning the trade, he had the responsibility of billy boy.’
- ‘By the 1960s, some billy boys were going to the shops to get food for the men.’
- ‘It was a hard task passing myself off as a billy boy.’
- ‘As part of their on-the-job training, billy boys often did lots of other odd jobs around sites, such as running messages and handling tools.’
- ‘His first job was as a billy boy, making tea and doing other odd jobs.’
- ‘He joined his father in the grass seeding from an early age, first as a billy boy.’
- ‘Billy boys were often apprentices on meagre salaries who were expected to learn their trade over a number of years.’
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