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jackleg

[jak-leg] /ˈdʒækˌlɛg/
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
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps jack1 + (black)leg
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Examples from the web for jackleg
  • The cables are fitted with special heads so they can be inserted by either a jackleg drill or a roof bolter.
  • Other mining-related activities are jackleg drilling, spike driving, and hand mucking contests.
Slang definitions & phrases for jackleg

jackleg

noun

An incompetent and unscrupulous person; phony: You don't think I hang out with jacklegs like that (1853+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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