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or Johnnie-come-lately

[jon-ee-kuhm-leyt-lee] /ˈdʒɒn iˌkʌmˈleɪt li/
noun, plural Johnny-come-latelies, Johnnies-come-lately.
a late arrival or participant; newcomer:
the Johnny-come-latelies producing space-war films after the trend had ended.
Origin of Johnny-come-lately
First recorded in 1825-35; from the proper name Johnny Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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noun (pl) Johnny-come-latelies, Johnnies-come-lately
a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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: a Johnny-comelately quasi-solution


  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+)
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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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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