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- noun euphemistic A
- noun dated A
- noun theater A
boyor manwho summons actorswhen their presenceis required for a performance.
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Imagine what one of those guys must have thought the first time they saw “Bulldog”, or whatever it was he called himself in his role as a dominant former Marine callboy, as a bleeping Whitehouse journalist!
Today's word is; callboy, a person who tells actors when it is time to go on stage.
Anyway, what more can I say about callboy, except that it rhymes with ball-boy, which is a much better job because at least you have the chance of getting on the telly.
Gentle Alice, orphaned, deserted, lonely; it is not from any distrust as to her talents, her manners, or her figure, that she has been made to wait so long for the callboy.
The overture smote like a dirge on her ear, and when the callboy came to announce that the moment of her entrance was at hand, it reminded her of nothing so much as the feeling of mourners when the sable mute appears at the door, as a signal to form the procession to the tomb.
So the next morning about 11 o'clock I saw the callboy and he called me for a double-header engine 182 for Plainview, Texas.
Page 62 callboy could find me, and of course I did not sleep any that night for thinking about my new job.
We should have been called at 10 a.m. next morning, but the callboy could not find us, so we were called for
He reached the lobby in time to hear a callboy paging him.
I heard Ginger, the callboy, ahead of me and dodged behind some properties just in time.