separate the men from the boys

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of separate the men from the boys

: 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

separate play
  1. : to set or keep apart : disconnect, sever

  2. : to make a distinction between : discriminate, distinguish

  3. : sort

  1. : set or kept apart : detached

  2. : solitary, secluded

  3. : immaterial, disembodied

  1. : offprint

  2. : an article of dress designed to be worn interchangeably with others to form various costume combinations

men
  1. : plural of man

  1. : menstruation


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