Definition of printer's devil in English:

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printer's devil

noun

historical
A person, typically a young boy serving as an apprentice, who ran errands in a printing office.
Example sentences
  • In our part of the world, they were typically published, with less rather than more regularity, on the cheapest paper imaginable, on presses run by printer's devils, on tiny budgets which usually came out of someone's personal savings.
  • With new technologies of electronic transmission we cannot even blame the fabled ‘printer's devils.’
  • Blame the printer's devil, not Ms Lakshmi for this one!

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