I'm all right, Jack

I'm all right, Jack

The notion of self-centered complacency, i.e., of being satisfied or happy with one's circumstances, and thus unconcerned with anyone else's. Often used as a modifier before a noun, though typically not hyphenated. Primarily heard in UK. What's most interesting is that people who get supplementary income from the government are more likely to have an "I'm all right, Jack" attitude about welfare, tending to oppose broadening the scope to include others who earn less money each week, or none at all.
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I'm all right, Jack

People say I'm all right, Jack to mean that their own situation is good and they do not care about anyone else. It's easy to think only of yourselves, say `I'm all right Jack' and sign the contract. Note: I'm all right, Jack is used before nouns to describe this kind of attitude. That's a bit of an I'm all right Jack attitude isn't it?
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I'm all right, Jack

used to express or comment upon selfish complacency. informal
I'm all right, Jack was an early 20th-century catchphrase which became the title of a 1959 British film.
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I’m all ˈright, Jack

(British English, informal) used by or about somebody who is happy with their own life and does not care about other people’s problems: He has a typical ‘I’m all right, Jack’ attitude — as long as he’s doing well he doesn’t care about anyone else.
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I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK. Splendid British satire of labour relations, including Peter Sellers as trade-union leader Fred Kite: "Ah, Russia.
Westminster is happy to go it alone with its "I'm all right, Jack" attitude.
Unfortunately, we live in an 'I'm all right, Jack' world, and there will have been people at Arsenal thinking: "The money we are making from this is worth more than making a stand on behalf of our player."
Another case of them and us (I'm all right, Jack) Stuart Gee This is an utter disgrace.
The second picture however owes more to the 1959 British comedy I'm All Right, Jack, starring Peter Sellers as bolshie shop steward Fred Kite.
I'm All Right, Jack (BBC 2 Northern Ireland, 7.25am - 9.10am) Comedy, starring Peter Sellers.
But most of us need the collective strength of each other - to be our brother's and sister's keeper - and should reject the government's "I'm all right, Jack" attitude.
I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK Late-flowering clematis, such as Jackmanii, can be trained into shrubs, trees and climbing roses, as they don't burden the host in spring.
Do I smell a bit of I'm all right, Jack, from some parts of this council, as it is our taxpayers' money you are spending on yourselves.
Just keep repeating to yourself the phrases 'British racing is the best in the world' and 'I'm all right, Jack'.
Never any suggestion that there would be a cut in union subscriptions, salaries or expenses which is just another example of "I'm all right, Jack".
With their over-inflated salaries, their unreal expenses, and their parliamentary pensions - compliments mostly of the British taxpayer - it's a case of "I'm all right, Jack".
I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK: Solihull Borough's Jack Byrne huffs and puffs against a rampant Rothwell Town; IT'S BEHIND YOU: Solihull's Gareth Alborough battles for the ball; NO WAY THROUGH: Defenders close in on Borough's Delton Francis