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Johnny One-Note

Someone who repeatedly expresses or maintains a strong opinion on a single or a few particular subjects. Primarily heard in US, Canada. Every time I get together with Janet, she gets into some rant about how much she hates the government. She's become such a Johnny One-Note lately!
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slang A condom. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Remember, mate: only a fool doesn't wear a johnny on a one-night stand. In an effort to promote safe sexual practices, the student union began handing our rubber johnnies to everyone passing by.

rubber johnny

slang A condom. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Remember, mate: only a fool doesn't wear a rubber johnny on a one-night stand. In an effort to promote safe sexual practices, the student union began handing our rubber johnnies to everyone passing by.
See also: johnny, rubber

stage-door Johnny

A man who spends a lot of time at a theater so as to seek the romantic attention, favor, or company of an actress. Ms. Gabler is such a stunning beauty that she always has some stage-door Johnny or another waiting for her after the curtain falls each night.
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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!


One who is available and ready for action. Thankfully, Pat was Johnny-on-the-spot with buckets when the roof started leaking.


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


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]


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.

John(ny) Law

n. a law officer. John Law showed up with a piece of paper that says you are in trouble.
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n. a police officer. Here comes Johnny-be-good, so be good.
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Maureen Bolger, of Teenline Ireland, who have adopted one of Johnny's songs, Sonny, as their theme, surprised Johnny with a beautiful crystal trophy in the shape of a star for all of his hard work and ongoing support to Teenline Ireland.
We bought the house 22 years ago at $35,000; today it's worth $180,000," says Johnny.
Johnny, now 70, said the reunion party would take place over lunch at the Yew Tree Bar and Restaurant, in Church Road, Yardley, on Sunday, July 16.
After a couple of stops, I realized that each guy has their demo gun that they can pull out--no matter how janky the set up--to get the kids up and screaming Austin kickflip 5-0s the rail, Matt B does the Bennett grind, Josh spins 360s and nosegrind 180s the rail Butcher catches hella air, Billy kickflip lips the rail, and Johnny switch 360 flips over the pyramid to flat.
Clad in a protective wet suit, Johnny entered the 53-degree water on the morning of October 10 and headed toward San Francisco's Aquatic Park.
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Johnny Rockets, one of the nation's top 50 growth chains has announced recent deals that will result in the addition of over 125 new Johnny Rockets restaurants to the chain--a 70 percent increase from its current 173 units.