likely lad

an alert, smart and/or cheeky youth. A colloquial working-class phrase used particularly in the north of England to describe a young man who shows prom-ise or self-confidence. The expression was adopted as the title of a popular Newcastle-based TV comedy series in the 1960s.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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