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Johnny-come-lately

[jon-ee-kuhm-leyt-lee] /ˈdʒɒn iˌkʌmˈleɪt li/
noun, plural Johnny-come-latelies, Johnnies-come-lately.
1.
a late arrival or participant; newcomer:
the Johnny-come-latelies producing space-war films after the trend had ended.
Also, Johnnie-come-lately.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; from the proper name Johnny
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British Dictionary definitions for Johnny-come-lately

Johnny-come-lately

noun (pl) Johnny-come-latelies, Johnnies-come-lately
1.
a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit
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Slang definitions & phrases for Johnny-come-lately

Johnny-come-lately

modifier

: a Johnny-comelately quasi-solution

noun
  1. A person or thing only recently arrived, esp as compared with the more seasoned: Postwar planning was no Johnny-come-lately
  2. An upstart (1839+)

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Idioms and Phrases with Johnny-come-lately

Johnny-come-lately

A newcomer, as in She may be a Johnny-come-lately on the board, but she's doing a fine job with publicity. [ 1830s ]
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