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jack-of-all-trades

[jak-uh v-awl-treydz, jak-] /ˌdʒæk əvˈɔlˈtreɪdz, ˈdʒæk-/
noun, plural jacks-of-all-trades.
1.
a person who is adept at many different kinds of work.
Origin of jack-of-all-trades
1610-1620
1610-20
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  • So he calls him a "jack-of-all-trades," that is, a man who did a little of everything.

    The Shakespearean Myth Appleton Morgan
  • To this let us add, finally, the versatile career of the jack-of-all-trades.

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • His duties—specialized to one operation—we deemed unfairly light in comparison with our jack-of-all-trades routine.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • But look ye a little, what an excellent thing it is to be a jack-of-all-trades!

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The soul of a jack-of-all-trades was one which developed slowly, and picked up a new craft with each new body.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • A jack-of-all-trades, he knew how to cultivate the ground, but for himself only.

    Sons of the Soil Honore de Balzac
  • But it has also decided, among other things, that the jack-of-all-trades shall be a Jill-of-all-trades.

    What's Wrong With The World G.K. Chesterton
  • Acted like a crazy loon is what I say, and this jack-of-all-trades is showing the strain.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • I like my friends, and am interested in philanthropy, but I am not a jack-of-all-trades by temperament.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • This jack-of-all-trades was, of course, very valuable to his master.

    The Underground Railroad William Still

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