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Used to express the view that mischievous or childish behaviour is typical of boys or young men and should not cause surprise when it occurs.
- ‘The eight-year-old and his friend fight all the way home, but boys will be boys and why else do old Volvos have back seats the size of wrestling rings?’
- ‘I thought Halloween was over but boys will be boys and he was gathering fireworks up.’
- ‘Maybe that's the norm outside of school, but I am just plain sorry - when it happened in school, you cannot just simply walk away from it and say boys will be boys.’
- ‘But since boys will be boys, someone who plays that hard is entitled to party equally hard.’
- ‘His reply was a sheepish admission that even in time of war, boys will be boys.’
- ‘At the end of the second movement, his excitement starts to run a little faster than his bow, but this is a live performance, after all, and boys will be boys.’
- ‘Robert really does seem to be saying that speed limits should only be enforced in a very few places, and… elsewhere… well… boys will be boys.’
- ‘Biology, it seems, is why boys will be boys, and why women would do well to get over it and stop demanding that they learn to talk about their inner landscapes.’
- ‘Not only in popular culture, but even in modern evolutionary psychology, the prevailing myth has long been that boys will be boys and girls will be, well, good.’
- ‘Moreover, it is assumed that boys will be boys in the sense that they will always try to dominate the classroom conversations, and that girls will just submit to silence.’
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