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boys uptown, the The political bosses of a city, and their staffs; city hall (1880s+) Any group of influential and unnamed criminals: The tricksters were ”the boys uptown,” not yet identified (1880s+)
boys will be boys Note: “Boys will be boys” is often applied to grown men who act childishly. and do childish things.” In English it was first recorded in 1589.
noun (in Britain) an organization for boys, founded in 1883, with the aim of promoting discipline and self-respect
boys, the Any group of men, esp a group of drinking companions, poker players, etc: an evening out with the boys A group of criminals or other disreputable types (1880s+)