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n. pl. John·ny-come-late·lies or John·nies-come-late·ly (jŏn′ēz-) Informal
A newcomer or latecomer, especially a recent adherent to a cause or trend.


n, pl Johnny-come-latelies or Johnnies-come-lately
a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit


n., pl. Johnny-come-latelies or -latelys, Johnnies-come-lately.
a late arrival or participant; newcomer.


n (inf) (= newcomer)Neuankömmling m; (= late starter)Nachzügler(in) m
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wants the insurance world to know that when it comes to doing business with the Soviet Union, his company is no Johnny-come-lately.
I keep telling people that the Grimaldi family in place at the Palace of Monaco was Johnny-come-lately among many European titles.
Mark Strand, however, is no Johnny-come-lately when it comes to pictorial culture; he studied with Josef Albers at Yale, where he earned a BFA in 1959.
This means that all the johnny-come-lately game investors, do so to breed offspring which they then sell to other johnny-come-lately breeders, all hoping that the rare game will remain rare, or that the aberrant, mutant types, will remain in fashion.
I'm a huge Johnny-come-lately, here, and I hadn't always been this excited.
This is how you understand the ancestry of land; and you, interloper, Johnny-Come-Lately, you must learn the rituals of centuries of claiming what was not their own, centuries of turning the earth into the basic trace of memory, the purchase of a dream.
And Rick Santorum, who needs to attack whenever he can lest he become an official also-ran, chastised Perry as a Johnny-come-lately on Israel.
The cant and hypocrisy from a Johnny-come-lately who was parachuted into his seat to replace an ineffectual MP is amazing.
When this Johnny-come-Lately returns home and gives his poor daughter that injured puppy look when she asks him "How did it go, dad?
To others he's the antichrist in a Chelsea shirt; the archetypal armchair Johnny-come-lately that embodies Sky's insidious influence on the people's game.
They were there long before the Johnny-come-lately BNP and they'll still be there long after its demise.