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blue-eyed boy

a person who enjoys special favours


blue-eyed boy = der Liebling



"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)

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.


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

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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