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jack-of-all-trades

[jak-uh v-awl-treydz, jak-]
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noun, plural jacks-of-all-trades.
  1. a person who is adept at many different kinds of work.
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Origin of jack-of-all-trades

First recorded in 1610–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • He'd been in the Pacific a while, they say, and was a Jack-of-all-trades in America.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • To this let us add, finally, the versatile career of the jack-of-all-trades.

  • Here no keeper would be required; merely a Jack-of-all-trades.

  • So he calls him a "Jack-of-all-trades," that is, a man who did a little of everything.

    The Shakespearean Myth

    Appleton Morgan

  • They are required to be jack-of-all-trades, and masters of each.