jack leg

jackleg

[jak-leg] Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
adjective
1.
unskilled or untrained for one's work; amateur: a jackleg electrician.
2.
unscrupulous or without the accepted standards of one's profession: a jackleg lawyer.
3.
makeshift; temporary.
noun
4.
an unskilled or unscrupulous itinerant worker or practitioner.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps jack1 + (black)leg

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