[jon-ee-on-thuh-spot, -awn-]

Origin of Johnny-on-the-spot

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for johnny-on-the-spot

Johnny-on-the-spot, do-gooder, humanitarian, Samaritan

Examples from the Web for johnny-on-the-spot

Historical Examples of johnny-on-the-spot

  • 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

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]

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