Definition of johnny-come-lately in US English:



  • A newcomer to or late starter at a particular place or sphere of activity.

    • ‘As Italian American clubs, all the recent anthologies can't help but look a bit johnny-come-lately.’
    • ‘The Ramones aren't any johnny-come-lately to the right.’
    • ‘The electoral college makes it likely that Harney - rather than a membership stuffed with johnny-come-latelies - will herself choose the next leader.’
    • ‘They're the newest johnny-come-lately to blogging and they don't stand a chance against Blogger, MT, Wordpress and everything else that came before.’
    • ‘The threat comes not from some Whitehall johnny-come-lately, nor some politically correct illiterate chair of a focus group, seeking his day in the Sun.’
    • ‘How does this johnny-come-lately who is more ‘pay-per-view’ than ‘free to air’ concern us people?’
    • ‘Indeed, objections to Mary are johnny-come-latelies on the stage of Protestant theology.’
    • ‘Of course, some johnny-come-latelies will have absolutely no recollection of that history, at all.’
    • ‘Oh, johnny-come-lately, the new boy on the block, says that this is a Budget policy debate.’
    • ‘We do not have to fill this country with whoever wants to come here - any johnny-come-lately who feels uncomfortable here, there, or anywhere.’
    • ‘Although New Zealand First is a johnny-come-lately, at least it has finally got it right.’
    • ‘At the same time, Parlon is something of a johnny-come-lately to the party, and suspicion abounds that he could just as happily represent another party.’
    arrival, new arrival, immigrant, settler, stranger, outsider, foreigner, alien, intruder, parvenu, interloper
    beginner, novice, learner, trainee, apprentice, probationer, new recruit, raw recruit, new member, tyro, initiate, neophyte
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