One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who can do many different types of work but who is not necessarily very competent at any of them.
- ‘Of course I had prepared for this interview but you know what they say about journalists - jack of all trades and master of none.’
- ‘I've been a bit of jack of all trades, just trying to help where I can.’
- ‘When you work as a consultant you are very much a jack of all trades and master of none.’
- ‘Maybe I'm a jack of all trades and master of none but, if a new and relevant challenge came along, I'd probably leap at it.’
- ‘Competitors will have to be a sort of jack of all trades when it comes to entertainment as they will be expected to perform all types of acts as diverse as from singing a song to changing nappies.’
- ‘Mick s job is effectively as a jack of all trades as he co-ordinates kit, is responsible for first aid, gives light massages and, one of the most important roles he plays, looks after food for up to 170 cyclists that take part.’
- ‘We are always conscious of the fact that a company that sells itself to several different industry sectors, can be seen as a jack of all trades and a master of none.’
- ‘You are trying so many different things that you have become a jack of all trades and a master of none.’
- ‘I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none, which is probably not bad training for a chief executive.’
- ‘He's very, very powerful, a jack of all trades, that Clive. I can't wait for everybody to figure out how versatile he is.’
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