John·​ny-on-the-spot ˈjä-nē-ˌȯn-t͟hə-ˈspät How to pronounce Johnny-on-the-spot (audio)
: a person who is on hand and ready to perform a service or respond to an emergency

Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Johnny-on-the-spot was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Johnny-on-the-spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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