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nounPlural Hooray Henries, Plural Hooray HenrysBritish
A lively but ineffectual young upper-class man.‘a bunch of Hooray Henrys with more money than sense’
- ‘News footage from Britain in 1987 shows champagne-swilling Hooray Henrys uncorking Bolly in celebration of Nigel Lawson's tax-cutting budget.’
- ‘There will be no crackdown on Hooray Henrys spilling out of champagne bars and abusing people.’
- ‘The younger members, the aforesaid Hooray Henries, think they have the right to ride their horses roughshod wherever they like causing substantial damage.’
- ‘If the plan works, there will be no images of Hooray Henries, outlandish hedonism or general drunkenness in the tabloids on Friday morning.’
- ‘Despite their portrayal as Hooray Henrys in knotted hankies, the Lions supporters have been wonderfully good-tempered.’
- ‘If colleges really did take students on the basis of their father's money they would end up with a bunch of Hooray Henrys and lose all credibility.’
- ‘And what would be the academics' motives for selecting less able Hooray Henrys to teach for the next three years?’
- ‘‘Educated’ at Harrow public school, Mark stood out even among his fellow Hooray Henrys, earning the nickname ‘Thickie’.’
- ‘A Hooray Henry of the most braying sort regaled his two female acquaintances - and thus the entire carriage - with his stories of earning obscene amounts of money at an investment bank.’
- ‘He ought already to have condemned the Hooray Henrys who disrupted the Commons.’
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