boys will be boys

Occasionally girls will be girls.

1601 A. DENT Plain Man’s Pathway 64 Youth will be youthfull, when you haue saide all that you can.

1826 T. H. LISTER Granby II. vii. Girls will be girls. They like admiration.

1848 THACKERAY Vanity Fair xiii. As for the pink bonnets..why boys will be boys.

1964 WODEHOUSE Frozen Assets iii. I tried to tell him that boys will be boys and you’re only young once.

2000 W. NORTHCUTT Darwin Awards iv. 108 Firecrackers are illegal in Indonesia. However, they can be purchased on the black market during celebrations such as Eid Al-Fitr... And boys will be boys, the world over.


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