boys will be boys

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boys will be boys

  1. It is hard, often fruitless, to attempt to curb the natural playfulness and tendency to mischief of most growing boys.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13
      But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. Boys will be boys and our two twins were no exception to this golden rule.
  2. Even grown men usually remain somewhat boyish at heart.
    "Boys will be boys", grinned grandpa while he joined his adult son playing with the fancy train-set he gave his grandson for Christmas while the kid was in school.

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 33.