an admirable Crichton

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an admirable Crichton

One who has success in all endeavors or areas. The phrase refers to 16th-century Scottish nobleman James Crichton, who was known for his charm and intelligence. Of course Stu sold a booming business and then created a new, even more successful one—he's an admirable Crichton.
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an admirable Crichton

a person who excels in all kinds of studies and pursuits, or who is noted for supreme competence.
This expression originally referred to James Crichton of Clunie ( 1560–85 ?), a Scottish nobleman renowned for his intellectual and physical prowess. In J. M. Barrie 's play The Admirable Crichton ( 1902 ), the eponymous hero is a butler who takes charge when his master's family is shipwrecked on a desert island.
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She would never get anything done, if she suffered admirable Crichtons and universal geniuses.
He chose them by their titles, and the first he read was The Lancashire Witches, and then he read The Admirable Crichton, and then many more.
I should not require an Admirable Crichton for my purpose."
For once," Lady Carey said, with a faint smile, "your 'admirable Crichton' has failed you."