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Difference between “Boy, oh boy” and “Boys will be boys”

boy, oh boyan exclamation used as an expression of a range of emotions such as excitement, surprise, etc.:

  • So my friend, Krista, came for a visit last week and boy-oh-boy was I ready for a vacation!

boys will be boysis used to say that boys or even grownup men are expected to act noisy or misbehave:

  • Well, boys will be boys, you know; we were just the same ourselves when we were young.