One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-class or unruly person.
- ‘A pity the beautiful game, enhanced by players like the above, is taking a trashing from the bowsies who, unfortunately, populate it, both on and off the field.’
- ‘Even tennis is becoming populated by the bowsie brigade who ‘cheer’ double faults.’
- ‘Indeed, they seem to sub-scribe to the oft-held belief that there is no such thing as bad publicity and that their over-paid bowsies fuelling ticket and merchandise sales.’
- ‘He probably felt that people would say he was the bowsie.’
- ‘McDowell has been dubbed ‘the Mad Mullah’ by some bowsies in the popular press, but he frequently had the aspect of the headmaster rather than the Allah-Wallah.’
- ‘The Constitution provides that reports of ‘utterances’ are privileged - that is to say, the poor old Bert has no legal comeback no matter what those bowsies in the opposition say about him.’
- ‘There was unkind sniggering among opposition bowsies when the question of putting the Luas on stilts at the Red Cow roundabout came up.’
- ‘I like players committed and full blooded but I don't like bowsies.’
- ‘Pull your highly paid bowsies into line, for it is they who give the bad example.’
- ‘He has left a trail of unwelcome headlines and a few bruises to boot, a roll model for borstal bowsies, certainly not juveniles who have not reached the age of selectivity but rather see him as a ‘star’ to be imitated.’
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