every man Jack

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every man Jack

Meaning

  • everyone without exceptions.
  • everyone in a certain group.
  • everybody.
  • every person.
  • in every way.

Examples in Sentences

  1. I’d bet every man Jack of them are spies.
  2. Every man Jack of them intended to help.
  3. I want every man Jack of them out of here this evening.
  4. All the employees are seeking a payment increase, every man Jack of them.
  5. I take responsibility for the ship’s safety and the life of all aboard, every man Jack of them.
  6. They offered a difficult opposition, every man Jack of them.
  7. All the volunteers spent time cleaning the area, every man Jack of them.
  8. After the captain provided a free round of grog to the crew members, every man Jack of them drank a cupful.
  9. They’ve all denied our request, every man Jack of them.
  10. You should ride with me, every man Jack of you.
  11. There’s enough work for every man Jack of you.¬†

Origin

Jack is a pet name form of John, which is a forename. At times, Americans used the phrase in informal speech to address a man whose name they did not know. People also used Jack as a generic name for any working-class or ordinary man. The idiom can be traced to a novel that Charles Dickens, the British novelist, published in 1841. The novel’s name is¬†Barnaby Rudge, and the author mainly set it during the Gordon Riots of 1780. Generally, the idiom has largely remained British.

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