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]

Johnny-come-lately

OLD-FASHIONED
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.

Johnny-come-lately

A late arrival; a newcomer. This term originated in the early nineteenth-century British navy as Johnny Newcomer, meaning a seaman new to a ship. In the United States it was changed to Johnny-come-lately, first appearing in print in Charles F. Briggs’s novel, The Adventures of Harry Franco (1839).
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"The cant and hypocrisy from a Johnny-come-lately who was parachuted into his seat to replace an ineffectual MP is amazing."
In terms of their Lordships, he is a johnny-come-lately. His dad went to Eton and lived in London's fashionable Eaton Square.
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.
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?
This is something of a Johnny-come-lately hybrid, with many of the characteristics of Microsoft's Bookshelf and more than a passing resemblance to Encarta.