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    Jellybeans31 is offline Junior Member
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    Question hardly more than a boy

    Hi Everybody ,
    What is meant by "hardly more than a boy" the context is:
    "It cannot be assumed that Sam, hardly more than a boy, played a leading role in those expeditions."

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    Re: hardly more than a boy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybeans31 View Post
    Hi Everybody ,
    What is meant by "hardly more than a boy" the context is:
    "It cannot be assumed that Sam, hardly more than a boy, played a leading role in those expeditions."

    Thanks.
    Sam is just a little bit older than a boy. Depending on the area he is in he may be 13 or 14 years old. Sam is not a man yet, but will be soon.

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    Re: hardly more than a boy

    I could see someone using this phrase to describe someone who was 18 or 19 even. Depending on context, of course.

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    Re: hardly more than a boy

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I could see someone using this phrase to describe someone who was 18 or 19 even. Depending on context, of course.
    Yes, defence counsel might use this for a 19 year old client.

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    Re: hardly more than a boy

    Here in the US, "children" can be on their parents' health insurance up to age 26 now, so the definition of "adult" can be quite fluid.

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