Definition of Bevin boy in English:

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Bevin boy


(During the Second World War), a young man of age for National Service selected by lot to work as a miner.
Example sentences
  • In another you can see the Bevin boys, the miners who ensured Britain did not run out of coal during the war.
  • He was immortalised in the ‘Bevin boys’, an alternative to National Service in which men from different backgrounds, including public schools, were conscripted to go down the mines.
  • Miners' sons were forced down the pits, and from December 1943 Bevin boys were employed.


Named after Ernest Bevin (see Bevin, Ernest).

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