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1A person in a theatre who summons actors when they are due on stage.
- ‘Nimmo was then a call-boy at the Theatre Royal; and, going afterwards to London, he became head-manager at Mitchell's.’
- ‘The call boy, Ferguson, was standing across the stage from the President's box, talking to Miss Keene.’
2A male prostitute who accepts appointments by telephone.
- ‘Whether it's a call boy turning a trick, a pimp booking a client or a male stripper dancing a set, there's always the bottom line: how much do you cost, what are you into and why are you doing this?’
- ‘Needless to say, my uncle is no call boy or gigolo, but a respected general practitioner.’
- ‘‘There is a need to work closely with these drivers and the call boys as a means of enhancing male involvement in the fight against HIV / AIDS,’ Ms Kazembe says.’
- ‘These categories are street hustler, bar hustler or dancer, kept boy, and escort or call boy.’
- ‘He tells of growing up a model Mormon man, excommunication from the church, divorce, a life as a high priced call boy and drug abuse.’
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