Idioms beginning with J

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jack of all trades

Meaning: a person who can easily handle a variety of challenges and tasks.

Example: My grandfather was a jack of all trades. He had never attended college, but he was an accomplished musician, gardener, piano player, and spoke several languages. Read more ➺

John Doe

Meaning: represents an unnamed or unknown person in a hypothetical example or illustration.

Example: Our John Doe witness refused to testify out of fear of retaliation. Read more ➺

jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: to start doing something because it is fashionable or profitable

Example: The whole town was quick to jump on the bandwagon when people began to realize the home team would win the championship. Read more ➺

jump to conclusions

Meaning: to predict a situation without having sufficient information

Example: Wait till we get the report; don't jump to conclusions. Read more ➺

just what the doctor ordered

Meaning: exactly what was wanted or needed

Example: I was so hungry, and that meal was absolutely delicious! It was just what the doctor ordered. Read more ➺

just in case

Meaning: to do something as a precautionary measure

Example: The cake was ordered just in case the desert that she made did not turn up well. Read more ➺

joined at the hip

Meaning: two people who are inseparable

Example: Chris and Jenny have been joined at the hip since they started dating each other a year ago. You would never see one without the other. Read more ➺

jot or tittle

Meaning: A very small amount.

Example: I don’t want a jot or tittle of it, I want the whole thing. Read more ➺

jump the gun

Meaning: start something too soon or early, especially without thinking

Example: The media jumped the gun and gave out their verdict of the scandal even before the investigation was complete. Read more ➺

just deserts

Meaning: get what one deserves

Example: After the supervisor was suspended, many workers felt that he got his just deserts. Read more ➺