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[jon-ee-on-th uh-spot, -awn-] /ˈdʒɒn i ɒn ðəˈspɒt, -ɔn-/
noun, Informal.
a person who is on hand to perform a service, seize an opportunity, deal with an emergency, etc.
Origin of Johnny-on-the-spot
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Johnny-on-the-spot
Historical Examples
  • Sadie couldn't get it through her head, though, that I wasn't a Johnny-on-the-spot.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Henri missed these remarks, for he was Johnny-on-the-spot to retrieve the game.

  • "Peggy's conscience is such a Johnny-on-the-spot," Amy explained.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • "Allus glad to be Johnny-on-the-spot," smiled the older man.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • All she's got to do is crook her little finger and you're Johnny-on-the-spot.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • I'll be Johnny-on-the-spot all right, and have it ready for you.

  • We've got to watch every corner, that's all, and be Johnny-on-the-spot when the time comes.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • Im the Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to prescribing healthful stunts for the working classes!

  • Of course, I was Johnny-on-the-spot and would have saved the dear lady from such a terrible fate.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

    Emma Speed Sampson
  • But when Wunpost went back and opened up this vein Mr. Eells was Johnny-on-the-spot.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
Slang definitions & phrases for Johnny-on-the-spot



A person who is ready and effective when needed: Ed was Johnny-on-the-spot and we got it cleaned up quick (1896+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with Johnny-on-the-spot


A person who is available when needed, as in He always is there at the right time, a real Johnny-on-the-spot. [ Late 1800s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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