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  1. (noun) Informal A man; a fellow.
  2. (noun) One who does odd or heavy jobs; a laborer.
  3. (noun) One who works in a specified manual trade. Often used in combination: a lumberjack; a steeplejack.
  4. (noun) A sailor; a tar.
  5. (noun) Games A playing card showing the figure of a servant or soldier and ranking below a queen. Also called knave.
  6. (noun) Games A game played with a set of small six-pointed metal pieces and a small ball, the object being to pick up the pieces in various combinations.
  7. (noun) Games One of the metal pieces so used.
  8. (noun) Sports A pin used in some games of bowling.
  9. (noun) A usually portable device for raising heavy objects by means of force applied with a lever, screw, or hydraulic press.
  10. (noun) A wooden wedge for cleaving rock.
  11. (noun) A device used for turning a spit.
  12. (noun) Nautical A support or brace, especially the iron crosstree on a topgallant masthead.
  13. (noun) Nautical A small flag flown at the bow of a ship, usually to indicate nationality.
  14. (noun) The male of certain animals, especially the ass.
  15. (noun) Any of several food and game fishes of the family Carangidae, found in tropical and temperate seas.
  16. (noun) A jackrabbit.
  17. (noun) A socket that accepts a plug at one end and attaches to electric circuitry at the other.
  18. (noun) Slang Money.
  19. (noun) Applejack.
  20. (noun) Slang A small or worthless amount: You don't know jack about that.
  21. (verb-transitive) To hunt or fish for with a jacklight: hunters illegally jacking deer.
  22. (verb-transitive) To move or hoist by or as if by using a jack: jacked the rear of the car to replace the tire.
  23. (verb-transitive) To raise (something) to a higher level, as in cost: "Foreign producers jacked up the price on some steels by over 100%” ( Forbes).
  24. (verb-transitive) Baseball To hit (a pitched ball) hard, especially for a home run.
  25. (verb-intransitive) To hunt or fish for quarry by using a jacklight.
  26. (phrasal-verb) jack off Vulgar Slang To masturbate.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. The portions of the operator's talking circuit that are located permanently in the switchboard cabinet are in such cases terminated in a jack, called an operator's cut-in jack. - Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1 A General Reference Work on Telephony, etc. etc.
  2. Bellinger recommends choosing one topic to focus on -- "the expression 'jack of all trades, master of none' holds true especially in the Web 2.0 world" -- and working on engaging with the top people in that area rather than trying to tackle all the world's problems at once. - Lauren Zumbach: The New Twitter Revolution
  3. "You cannot become an expert if one day you work in maternity, the other day you work in the long-term care, and then you are in emergency room," she said, referencing the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none." - The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com
  4. And so she proved, in small things at first, as translator, courier, embassy bricoleur - what you call jack-of-all-trades - and later as secret agent in the field ... and you know what that means. - Watershed
  5. You would think that since the jack is the same the requirements are the same. - Apple question « BuzzMachine


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