a jack of all trades

jack of all trades

A person who is skilled in many different areas. My father could fix cars, build furniture, and program computers—he was a jack of all trades.
See also: all, jack, of, trade

a jack of all trades

1. If you describe someone as a jack of all trades, you mean that they have many different work skills. His father, after leaving the army, was a jack of all trades.
2. If you describe someone as a jack of all trades, you can also mean that they can do a large number of different things but that they are not very good at doing any of them. His critics sometimes described him as a jack of all trades. Note: You can also say that someone is a jack of all trades and master of none. I believe in specialisation. Too many photographers are jacks of all trades and masters of none. Note: In the past, the name Jack was used to refer to any man or workman.
See also: all, jack, of, trade

a jack of ˈall trades

a person who can do many different kinds of work, but perhaps does not do them very well: He repairs cars, he paints houses, he makes furniture. He’s a real jack of all trades.
The full expression is ‘jack of all trades and master of none’.
See also: all, jack, of, trade