One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I thought Halloween was over but boys will be boys and he was gathering fireworks up.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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