Meaning of “johnny-come-lately” in the English Dictionary

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"johnny-come-lately" in British English

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johnny-come-latelynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdʒɒn.i.kʌmˈleɪ us /ˌdʒɑː.ni.kʌmˈleɪ 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)

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