checkered career

checkered career

A history of employment characterized by many different kinds of jobs or by many alternating periods of success and failure. I had a checkered career after high school, taking any kind of work that I could find. I don't know if I would trust your finances to him, he's had a rather checkered career from what I've heard.
See also: career

checkered career

A background that includes many changes, especially of employment. For example, Heather's had a checkered career, hopping from one city to another and one job to another . This expression, first recorded in 1881, uses checkered in the sense of "constantly alternating," much like the squares on a checkerboard.
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Well, others had sought Malbihn for similar reasons in the course of a long and checkered career.
I have coursed many creatures in many countries during my checkered career, but never did sport give me such a wild thrill as this mad, flying man-hunt down the Thames.
By Match on Tuesday Editor RONNIE HAUGHEY AS with a host of managers I can claim to have been happy to call on the talents of Wayne Brown at certain times during his checkered career.
Commenting on Terry's checkered career on AU's "Wall of Separation" blog, Director of Communications Joe Conn observed, "Randall, get a clue.
As an aspiring actress author Ayun Halliday wished to keep her business commitments and work life flexible: her Job Hopper: The Checkered Career Of A Down-market Dilettante provides both a funny and thought-provoking review of these many jobs which avoided regular paychecks, hard work, and a dress code.
This book deals with the life of Charles Dickens's youngest son who had a checkered career in the Mounted Police.
But during his checkered career, Chavez has developed close relations with many of America's most dangerous enemies, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, and, most notoriously, Cuba.
His troubled childhood and early checkered career in the Marine Corps form a good portion of the first half of the book.
Chapter 5, "The Disenchantment of Power: Kings and Courtiers," views the incompetent kings of Basile's fables as veiled parodies of Spanish viceroys, and interprets fairy-tale courtiers as reflecting Basile's checkered career.
But his contrition earned him a reprieve from the Lakers - the latest in a long line of chances that have kept his checkered career alive.
The text relates his early checkered career and then concentrates on his creation of New York City's Central Park with further glimpses of subsequent parks he designed.
Sports and gymnastics readily became a part of the voluntary extracurricular programs that sprang up in schools and colleges, but dance had a checkered career.
After a checkered career on the editorial staffs of a variety of outdoor magazines and book publishers, Chet Fish is now a gentleman writer/consultant from his home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Hibs looked in complete control, but the keeper who has enjoyed a checkered career at Easter Road allowed Valdas Ivanauskas's side back into the contest in the 28th minute.
It didn't take long for the newest member of the Hawks to begin answering questions about his checkered career.