jack of all trades, master of none

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

Etymology:

  • Expanded form of jack of all trades, which originally was sometimes used as a term of praise.
  • This phrase has itself been expanded to a couplet:
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Submitted on September 21, 2009

Additional definitions for 'jack of all trades, master of none':

jack of all trades, master of noneA master of integration, who knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring their disciplines together in a practical manner; a polymath; a renaissance man.
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