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Jack the Lad

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Definition of Jack the Lad in English:


British informal
A brash, cocky young man: a cocky Jack the Lad who neglected academic study [as modifier]: a Jack the Lad sex symbol
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  • Good old Les, a bit of a rogue, a bit of a Jack the Lad, but basically, as Eamonn says ‘a good man’…
  • I learnt to get on with them, I just wanted to be something I wasn't, a bit of a Jack the Lad and it was the start of a rocky ride really.
  • Monogamy has never meant much to Jack the Lad, who admits he repeatedly lied to Anjelica during their 17-year relationship.


nickname of Jack Sheppard, an 18th-century thief.

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