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From sand +‎ boy.


sandboy (plural sandboys)

  1. A boy who sells sand.
    • 1880, George MacDonald, Sir Gibbie, Hurst and Blackett
      Up and down the street not a child was to be seen. A sandboy with a donkey cart was the sole human arrangement in it.
  2. (in similes) A proverbially happy or jolly person.
    • 1910, O Henry, The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball, in The Trimmed Lamp
      Drink always rubbed him the right way, and he would reach his rooms as jolly as a sandboy.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 23:
      Craw was happy as a sandboy, he reported: quite his former vile self, but a bit dazed to be bearded by Luke without warning.