Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

jack of all trades

jack of all trades
1) skilled in multiple disciplines/areas; multi-talented
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • regular jack of all trades
  • Analysis
    This noun 'a jack of all trades' comes from the idiom "jack of all trades, master of none (but oftentimes better than a master of one)" and means someone who is skilled in a number of areas, particularly when it comes to trades or manual work. "I wrote the copy, designed the artwork and took the photographs for this article, I'm a jack of all trades." "I wouldn't say there is one area that is my strongest, I consider myself a jack of all trades, I like to know how everything works." 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. He's a regular jack of all trades doing all the electrical and plumbing work around the house.
    2. She did a wide variety of interior and exterior work on the building by herself, proving she was a jack of all trades.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Our caretaker is a jack of all trades, he looks after all of the maintenance in our building.
    2. Companies nowadays are looking for experts in their field rather than people with low-level skills in multiple areas or jacks of all trades.
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