tenderfoot

[ ten-der-foo t ]SEE DEFINITION OF tenderfoot
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Well,” he said at last, “I might as well say it––I took you for a tenderfoot.

“Oh, well, allowances should be made for a tenderfoot,” she bantered.

“You need not worry, Mr. Tenderfoot,” the girl flashed back at him.

The tenderfoot staked his claim on the chance of selling it again.

To be a tenderfoot means to occupy the lowest grade in scouting.

A tenderfoot, therefore, is superior to the ordinary boy because of his training.

Enlist a boy trained by himself in the requirements of a tenderfoot.

Before a boy can become a tenderfoot he must qualify for same.

"No need to remind you I'm a tenderfoot," he jibed at himself.

The tenderfoot, struck by the logic of this reasoning, fell silent.

WORD ORIGIN

1866, American English, originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from tender (adj.) + foot (n.). The U.S. equivalent of what in Great Britain was generally called a greenhand. As a level in Boy Scouting, it is recorded from 1908.

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