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johnny-come-latelynoun [C]

uk   /ˌdʒɒn.i.kʌmˈleit.li/  us   /ˌdʒɑː.ni-/ (plural johnny-come-latelies or johnnies-come-lately) disapproving
someone who has only ​recentlystarted a ​job or ​activity and has ​suddenlybecome 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 ​activitylater than other ​people and sometimes uses the ​experience and ​knowledge of these ​people to ​obtain an ​advantage over them: Riley, whose ​fatherfounded 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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