jack\ of\ all\ trades

noun informal
(Often followed by the words "master of none.") a person who is knowledgeable in many areas. Can be used as praise, or as a derogatory remark depending on the context and the intonation.

Peter is a jack of all trades; he can survive anywhere!

"How come Joe did such a sloppy job?" Mary asked. "He's a jack of all trades," Sally answered.


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