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blue-eyed boy

a person who enjoys special favours

TRANSLATION

blue-eyed boy = der Liebling

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"Smooth start for the BLUE-EYED BOY of formula one,... Kimi Raikkonen is something special."

The Guardian Weekly

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blue-eyed boy
idiom, informal, usually derogatory

- a boy or man who is liked very much and is treated well by someone, especially someone in authority

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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Before the world became smaller and more integrated, the white European races essentially dominated the world. In what would be considered politically-incorrect these days, the image of the perfect child was one with blond (preferably curly) hair and blue eyes.

Today, the expression is usually applied in a disapproving manner and is typically meant as a criticism. Some might say this is because others are envious of the attention that "blue-eyed boys" enjoy.

Not everyone prefers blue-eyed boys though. Irish pop star Van Morrison once wrote a song about his brown-eyed girl:

Standing in the sunlight laughing,
Hiding behind a rainbow's wall,
Slipping and sliding
All along the water fall, with you
My brown eyed girl.

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SYNONYMS

golden boy, teacher's pet, goody-goody, goody two-shoes, favo(u)rite (UK), darling, jewel in the crown, the apple of your eye, superstar, beloved, blue-eyed girl, best-loved

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Practice OWAD in a conversation:

"Since winning the salesman of the year award, John has become management's BLUE-EYED BOY."

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