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Man Friday   Listen
proper noun
man Friday  n.  A person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; a devoted assistant.
Synonyms: right-hand man, chief assistant.

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"Man Friday" Quotes from Famous Books

... with a whimsical expression. "Look here, Lloyd Sherman, I've played every kind of a game that you've asked me to ever since I learned to walk. I've been your man Friday when you wanted to be Robinson Crusoe, and played B'r Fox to your B'r Rabbit. You've scalped me and buried me and dug me up. You've made me be Pharaoh with the ten plagues of Egypt, or a Christian martyr thrown to the wild beasts, just as it pleased your fancy. I've ...
— The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation • Annie Fellows Johnston

... which, under existing circumstances, it was best to pursue. But unless Mr. Frothingham should be wrecked upon a desolate island, and there be visited by picnics of Transcendentalists from whom he might occasionally reclaim a Caucasian Man Friday, we cannot see what practical parturition can come of his mighty labor. He offers nothing which is capable of becoming incorporated with the existing intelligence of the age. He furnishes no acceptable basis ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865 • Various

... bed, and my jumping up in a fright, are all histories and real stories; as are likewise the dream of being taken by messengers, being arrested by officers, the manner of being driven on shore by the surge of the sea, the ship on fire, the description of starving, the story of my man Friday, and many more most natural passages observed here, and on which any religious reflections are made, are all historical and true in fact. It is most real that I had a parrot, and taught it to call me by my name, such a servant a savage and afterwards a Christian and that his name ...
— Daniel Defoe • William Minto

Words linked to "Man Friday" :   help, right-hand man, assistant

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