jack of all trades, master of none

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Etymology[edit]

Expanded form of jack of all trades, which originally was sometimes used as a term of praise.[1][2]

This phrase has itself been (rarely) expanded to a couplet:

Jack of all trades, master of none,
though oftentimes better than master of one.

Noun[edit]

jack of all trades, master of none

  1. (idiomatic) A person who has a competent grasp of many skills but who is not outstanding in any one.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988)
  2. ^ Re: Jack”, ESC, The Phrase Finder, April 13, 2000