Johnny-come-lately


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Johnny-come-lately

A newcomer or late arrival to a group or activity. The rest of the staff wasn't too fond of Greg, a Johnny-come-lately who received praise from the manager after just one week on the job. Hurry up, Johnny-come-lately, we've already started today's drills!

Johnny-come-lately

A newcomer, as in She may be a Johnny-come-lately on the board, but she's doing a fine job with publicity. [1830s]

Johnny-come-lately

OLD-FASHIONED
You call someone a Johnny-come-lately if they get involved in an activity or organization when it has been happening or has existed for a long time and therefore have little knowledge or experience of it. Having arrived on the scene relatively recently, Sylva is regarded by many other managers as a Johnny-come-lately. Note: Johnny-come-lately can also be used before a noun. We advise members to ensure that they are dealing with a reliable and long-established company — not some Johnny-come-lately firm that's just set up round the corner. Note: This name used to be given to new or inexperienced sailors in the American navy.
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One of the things Evertonians will forever have over the Johnny-Come-Lately Liverpudlians is that we were here 14 years before them (between 1878 and in 1892 our local rivals were Bootle FC).
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The Republican Party, on the other hand, is a Johnny-come-lately taking direction from neocon interlopers while looking for support from the growing segment of the American public that has little appreciation of its own heritage of constitutionally limited government.
The tone of his comments is, I declare, a more subtle bent, but the message is clear: We Catholics have the first and the only legitimate franchise on Christian truth and know precisely where these Johnny-come-lately Protestant upstarts go wrong.
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