Johnny Come Lately

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Hi, what kind of person does "Johnny Come Lately" refer to? I know it from the Eagles song (New Kid in Town), and I've read that there are other songs and movies, but I can't get a sense of what Johnny Come Lately refers to.

  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    According to the OED, Johnny come lately can refer to
    (a) a newcomer;
    (b) nickname for an inexperienced youngster: a raw recruit; a new hand; a novice.

    I think I hear it mainly in the sense of someone who is not an innovator, but who has jumped on a bandwagon while it is rolling.
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