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printer's devil

Syllabification: print·er's dev·il

Definition of printer's devil in English:

noun

historical
A person, typically a young boy, serving at or below the level of apprentice in a printing establishment.
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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