an admirable Crichton

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. A: "Did you hear that Victoria was named valedictorian?" B: "I didn't, but I can't say I'm surprised. She's always been an admirable Crichton." I'm optimistic now that our team has this new manager because he's an admirable Crichton—every team he coaches does well.
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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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I should not require an Admirable Crichton for my purpose."