Boy Scout

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Boy Scout (plural Boy Scouts)

  1. A male member of the Scout Movement.
  2. (slang) A person, especially a politician, who is idealistic and naive
    • 2003 Alexander Cockburn & Jeffrey St. Clair, Al Gore: a user's manual, Verso, p233
      Gore, of course, has never been a political Boy Scout, least of all when it comes to campaign finance.
    • 2004 Paul Alexander, Man of the People: The Life of John McCain, John Wiley and Sons, p167
      When he arrived in Washington, some people thought of him as a Boy Scout, perhaps because he wore his hair in a crew cut.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In places where scouting is co-ed, the term "Boy Scout" is generally not used. They use "Scout" instead.


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