separate the men from the boys

Definition of separate the men from the boys

  1. :  to show which people are really strong, brave, etc., and which are not Now that the competition gets tough it will separate the men from the boys.

Word by Word Definitions

separateplay
  1. :  to set or keep apart :  disconnect, sever

    :  to make a distinction between :  discriminate, distinguish

    :  sort

  1. :  set or kept apart :  detached

    :  solitary, secluded

    :  immaterial, disembodied

  1. :  offprint

men
  1. : plural ofman

boyplay boys
  1. :  a male child from birth to adulthood

    :  son

    :  an immature male


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