Jekyll and Hyde

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noun Je·kyll and Hyde \ ˈje-kəl-ən-ˈhīd also ˈjē- or ˈjā- \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of Jekyll and Hyde

:one having a two-sided personality one side of which is good and the other evil

Examples of jekyll and hyde in a Sentence

  1. He's a real Jekyll and Hyde who can become violent without warning.

  2. his Jekyll and Hyde tendencies

Origin and Etymology of jekyll and hyde

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, representing the two-sided personality of the protagonist in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by R. L. Stevenson


Financial Definition of JEKYLL AND HYDE

Jekyll and Hyde

What It Is

Jekyll and Hyde is a term to describe volatile corporate earnings.

How It Works

Let's say Company XYZ reports a profit in the first quarter of 5 cents per share. In the second quarter, it reports a loss of 15 cents a share. In the third quarter, profits are back up big, at 20 cents per share. In the fourth quarter, however, losses are 10 cents a share. Company XYZ has Jekyll and Hyde financial statements.

Why It Matters

The term Jekyll and Hyde is from the famous Robert Louis Stevenson novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," in which nice scientist Dr. Jekyll becomes evil Mr. Hyde.

In the finance world, Jekyll and Hyde behavior can also include companies whose financial statements seem strong but actually conceal significant weaknesses, companies whose stock prices are volatile for no apparent reason, or companies who have conflicting goals or activities.


JEKYLL AND HYDE Defined for English Language Learners

Jekyll and Hyde

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Definition of Jekyll and Hyde for English Language Learners

  • : someone who is sometimes good and pleasant and sometimes very rude or bad


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