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Idioms - J

Jack of all trades:

Somebody who can do many different kinds of jobs.

He can fix the refrigerator, balance the company's checkbook, and cook gourmet food. He really is a jack of all trades!

 

Jane/John Doe:

The name given to a deceased person at the hospital or during legal proceedings.

The police found the body of John Doe after midnight last night.

 

Jaywalk:

Cross the street outside of the marked area or without using the signals.

Police don’t like it when you jaywalk.

Jog my memory:

To help someone remember something.

I can't remember the last time we saw each other. Can you jog my memory?

 

John Hancock:

A signature.

Please put your John Hancock at the bottom of the contract.

 

Joshing Me/You/Him/Her/Them (like my name, Josh Shaman):

Joking with. *NOTE* This isn’t a common idiom, but people say it to or around friends named Josh.

He’s just joshing you! Don’t worry about it.

 

Jump the gun:

To start something too soon or early

I don't want to jump the gun and leave my current job until I know I have a position at the other company.

 

Jump through hoops:

To make great efforts and do tasks to please somebody.

You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get that job.

 

Just what the doctor ordered:

Exactly what is needed.

A day off after all this hard work is just what the doctor ordered!


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