- nBritishan individual who is cleverer, more successful, more attractive than the rest. Originating in the working-class lan-guage of Liverpool and the surrounding area, the phrase had spread to the rest of Britain by the mid-1980s, probably due to the influence of television drama, films, fiction, etc. It can be used to express either approbation or con-tempt and is a modern example of the coining of male epithets with 'Jack' since medieval times.He's Jack-the-lad now, but he'll get his comeuppance.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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