a phrase used to describe men who are doing brave, exciting things, like a hero in an adventure story. The Boys' Own Paper was a boys' magazine sold in the late 19th century and early 20th century in Britain which contained adventure stories:
• He has been called a swashbuckling Boys' Own hero.
• His background is the stuff of boys' own papers.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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