(to be) a Jack-of-all-trades

Idiom Definition

"to be a Jack-of-all-trades"

to be able to do many different jobs or tasks;

to have many skills and abilities

Idiom Definition - to be a Jack-of-all-trades


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be a Jack-of-all-trades

Martha visited her friend, Paul, yesterday.  While Martha was visiting Paul, she repaired a leaky faucet in the kitchen, put up some shelves in the kitchen and repaired Paul's computer.

Martha is a Jack-of-all-trades.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be a Jack-of-all-trades

Fred works as a nurse.  In his spare time, he likes to paint pictures.  He also likes to repair everything in his house.  Fred also fixes computers, sews and plays many sports.

Fred is truly a Jack-of-all-trades.

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Being a Jack-of-trades can be an advantage when there are many different jobs to do.

to be a Jack-of-all-trades - Examples:

1)  I am a Jack-of-all-trades because I can do many things well.

2)  You are a Jack-of-all-trades because you can fix the plumbing, paint and fly an airplane.

3)  He is a Jack-of-all-trades because he can keep books, play four different sports and cook.

4)  She is a Jack-of-all-trades because she is able to work in a lab, pilot a submarine and fix computers.

5)  We are Jacks-of-all-trades because we often climb mountains, scuba dive and perform in the ballet.

6)  You (all) are Jacks-of-all-trades because you (all) can fix a car, knit, and perform surgery.

7)  They are Jacks-of-all-trades because they drive race cars, play in the symphony and run a restaurant.

8) The danger is that we lose all specialization and end up with a jack of all trades who can do everything but hasn't got the time to learn one thing really well. 

9)  I have become a jack of all trades making me a well rounded designer/developer but not a great one at one.

10)  I just don't believe a jack of all trades is realistic in the real world.

11)  Not everybody has to be a jack of all trades. Pick your art and excel at that.

12)  You might consider a general practice lawyer as a Jack of all Trades who can give advice in many legal areas

13)  If you're a jack of all trades in web development, you can successfully freelance alone.

14)  Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.

15)  Today we hope to have a jack of all trades understanding of the world, if we are curious enough about life.

16)  Handy men are a jack of all trades and masters of none. You get what you pay for.

17)  Frank Ling, a jack of all trades, works as a professional photographer, writer, and video editor.

18) Forget about being a jack of all trades; there's a reason a Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree. 

19)  I am a jack of all trades kinda guy but I specialize in creative work.

20)  Differentiate. Be narrow-minded. A jack of all trades has no unique identity. A JOAT is never a top-of-mind go-to resource.