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johnny-come-latelynoun [C]

uk   /ˌdʒɒn.i.kʌmˈleɪt.li/ us   /ˌdʒɑː.ni.kʌmˈleɪt.li/ plural johnny-come-latelies or johnnies-come-lately disapproving
someone who has only recently started a job or activity and has suddenly become very successful
(Definition of johnny-come-lately from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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johnny-come-latelynoun [C]

us   /ˌdʒɑn·iˌkʌmˈleit·li/ disapproving
a person who starts a job or activity later than other people and sometimes uses the experience and knowledge of these people to obtain an advantage over them: Riley, whose father founded the industry, calls her competitors johnny-come-latelies.
(Definition of johnny-come-lately from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “johnny-come-lately”
in Chinese (Simplified) 后来者, 一夜成名者, 新贵…
in Chinese (Traditional) 新來者, 一夜成名者, 新貴…
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