jackleg

[ jak-leg ]
/ ˈdʒækˌlɛg /
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

adjective

unskilled or untrained for one's work; amateur: a jackleg electrician.
unscrupulous or without the accepted standards of one's profession: a jackleg lawyer.
makeshift; temporary.

noun

an unskilled or unscrupulous itinerant worker or practitioner.

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Origin of jackleg

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps jack1 + (black)leg
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