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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.
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n, pl Johnny-come-latelies or Johnnies-come-lately
a brash newcomer, novice, or recruit
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n., pl. Johnny-come-latelies or -latelys, Johnnies-come-lately.
a late arrival or participant; newcomer.
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n (inf) (= newcomer)Neuankömmling m; (= late starter)Nachzügler(in) m
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It was about time that Ronnie Biggs was portrayed as the bit-part player and Johnny-come-Lately to the robbery that he was - and about time that most of the attention was placed firmly elsewhere.
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