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every man jack of us/them
dated Everyone in a particular group. The phrase is not only used exclusively in reference to men. I don't know how many people live in this city, but every man jack of them was riding the subway with me this morning!
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every man Jackeach and every person. informal
Jack is a pet name form of the forename John. It was sometimes used in informal American speech as a form of address to a man whose name you did not know, and as a generic name for any ordinary or working- class man.
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every man Jack/mother's son
Everyone without exception. The first term has been traced to Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge (1841) and has remained largely British. The second is considerably older, appearing in the Middle English legend of Kyng Alisaunder (ca. 1300)—“Mekely ilka modir sound”—as well as in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (1485) and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1596)—“That would hang us, every mother’s son.” It was surely a cliché by the time Gilbert and Sullivan had the Dragoons sing, “The soldiers of our Queen are linked in friendly tether, Upon the battle scene they fight the foe together, There every mother’s son prepared to fight and fall is; the enemy of one the enemy of all is” (Patience, 1881). Also see every Tom, Dick, and Harry.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer