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[rob-in-suh n] /ˈrɒb ɪn sən/
Bill ("Bojangles") 1878–1949, U.S. tap dancer.
[bawrd-muh n,, bohrd-] /ˈbɔrd mən,, ˈboʊrd-/ (Show IPA),
1876–1952, U.S. painter and illustrator, born in Nova Scotia.
Brooks Calbert, born 1937, U.S. baseball player.
Edward G (Emanuel Goldenberg) 1893–1973, U.S. actor, born in Romania.
Edwin Arlington, 1869–1935, U.S. poet.
Frank, born 1935, U.S. baseball player: first black manager in Major Leagues, 1975.
Frederick John, Viscount Goderich
[gohd-rich] /ˈgoʊd rɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1st Earl of Ripon, 1782–1859, British statesman: prime minister 1827–28.
Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") 1919–72, U.S. baseball player.
James Harvey, 1863–1936, U.S. historian.
Mary, born 1944, Irish lawyer and politician: first woman president 1990–97.
Ray (Walker Smith"Sugar Ray") 1921–1989, U.S. boxer.
Sir Robert, 1886–1975, English chemist: Nobel prize 1947.
a male given name. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jack robinson
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  • Into the Mortons' gate he slipped, and before anyone could say "jack robinson" he had crept under the steps of the side entrance.

    Jerry's Reward Evelyn Snead Barnett
  • No, my bhoy; they came out before you could say jack robinson.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • Then Jack crept out of the oven on tiptoe and caught hold of the golden hen, and was off before you could say "jack robinson."

  • Those chaps will put you on board before you can say jack robinson.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • The whole damned bunch would be on his tail, before you could say, jack robinson.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • jack robinson stood on the shore, with the exile of Erin beside him.

    Fort Desolation R.M. Ballantyne
  • “And became a fur-trader,” said jack robinson, with a smile.

    Fort Desolation R.M. Ballantyne
  • At that moment jack robinson hailed Ladoc, who rose and went towards him.

    Fort Desolation R.M. Ballantyne
  • I ring for one and he fetches the candy, before you can wink your eye or say jack robinson.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
  • Quick, now; or he may leap away before you can say jack robinson.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for jack robinson

Jack Robinson

before you could say Jack Robinson, before you can say Jack Robinson, extremely quickly or suddenly


Edward G., real name Emanuel Goldenberg. 1893–1973, US film actor, born in Romania, famous esp for gangster roles. His films include Little Caesar (1930), Brother Orchid (1940), Double Indemnity (1944), and All My Sons (1948)
Edward Arlington. 1869–1935, US poet, author of narrative verse, often based on Arthurian legend. His works include Collected Poems (1922), The Man Who Died Twice (1924), and Tristram (1927)
(William) Heath. 1872–1944, British cartoonist and book illustrator, best known for his comic drawings of fantastic machines
John (Arthur Thomas)1919–83, British bishop and theologian, best known for his controversial Honest to God (1963), which popularized radical theological discussion. He was suffragan Bishop of Woolwich (1959–69)
Mary. born 1944, Irish barrister and politician: president of Ireland 1990–97; UN high commissioner for human rights (1997–2002)
Smokey, real name William Robinson. born 1940, US Motown singer, songwriter, and producer. His hits include "The Tears of a Clown" (1970) (with the Miracles) and "Being with you" (1981)
"Sugar" Ray, real name Walker Smith. 1921–89, US boxer, winner of the world middleweight championship on five separate occasions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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