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Printer's devil   /prˈɪntərz dˈɛvəl/   Listen
Printer's devil

noun
1.
An apprentice in a printing establishment.






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"Printer's devil" Quotes from Famous Books



... flutter Of fans shows thermometers high)— But if what I bawl, or I mutter, Falls into your ear but to die, Oh, the dew that falls into the gutter Is not more unhappy than I! *[Footnote: Query—Should this be Ice cream, or I scream?—Printer's Devil.] ...
— The Humourous Poetry of the English Language • James Parton

... golden shore promiscuous come Quacks for the lame, the blind, the deaf, the dumb; Fools are their bankers—a prolific line, And every mortal malady's a mine. Each sly Sangrado, with his poisonous pill, Flies to the printer's devil with his bill, Whose Midas touch can gild his ass's ears, And load a knave with folly's rich arrears. And lo! a second miracle is thine, For sloe-juice water stands transformed to wine. Where Day and Martin's patent blacking roll'd, Burst from the vase ...
— Rejected Addresses: or, The New Theatrum Poetarum • James and Horace Smith

... Time Journalist will tell you that the best reporter is the one who works his way up. He holds that the only way to start is as a printer's devil or as an office boy, to learn in time to set type, to graduate from a compositor into a stenographer, and as a stenographer take down speeches at public meetings, and so finally grow into a real reporter, with a fire badge on ...
— Cinderella - And Other Stories • Richard Harding Davis

... OF THE UNEMPLOYED.—"It is a curious fact," wrote the Recording Angel, a very superior sort of person to "the Printer's Devil," on the Daily Telegraph, "that in Greater London last week the births registered were just one more than twice the number of deaths. Thus grows the population in this great Babylon." Very appropriate, in this instance, ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, June 18, 1892 • Various



Words linked to "Printer's devil" :   learner, apprentice, prentice



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