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]
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Combinatorics is the Johnny-come-lately of mathematics, and mathematicians don't treat it with the respect they give to geometry or number theory," he says.
The Johnny-come-lately niche publishers get the ink.
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In terms of their Lordships, he is a johnny-come-lately.
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.
When the food giant Kraft bought the fledgling DiGiorno rising crust pizza in 1995, it was seen as another Johnny-come-lately to the frozen pizza industry.
Some critics believe Summers is not really committed to his Johnny-come-lately IMF reforms but is merely attempting to preempt the Meltzer Commission recommendations, which have been surprisingly well received by members of Congress.
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Violence directed against gay men and lesbians is the Johnny-come-lately of hate-crimes organizing," says Jack Levin, coauthor of Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed, who addressed the conference.
Would it not then seem all the more obvious that a Johnny-come-lately like man must be the most profoundly gifted creature that ever lived?
Their courage created the public space for his own belated coming out; but Johnny-Come-Lately dreams of leading a parade of his very own kind, or else he will follow after at a hygenic distance.
They expect to benefit from the share price increases that occur when Johnny-come-lately investors start to buy after the stock has begun to rise, pushing it up even further.
This is horseracing we are dealing with, not a fly-by-night Johnny-come-lately internet venture that needs to make a fast buck.