American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking skill or training; incompetent. Used especially of lawyers or preachers.
- adj. Unscrupulous or dishonest.
- adj. Makeshift; temporary.
- n. An unskilled or unscrupulous itinerant worker.
- n. A strikebreaker.
- Perhaps jack + (black)leg. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Huckabee is a jackleg preacher turned politician and doesn't like Romney because he's Mormon.”
“With stinging satire, Ms. Lamb unveils a host of eccentric characters that include a grandmother whose down-home observations often echo a Moms Mabley routine, and a jackleg preacher reminiscent of Reverend Ike.”
“Enid2s husband was supposed to be a Brightblade, not some outlander tricked up like a jackleg executioner.”
“A jackleg former senator from Texas, whom you might have heard of, lobbying for a Swiss bank awash in U.S. subprime mortgages while, at the same time, advising a certain geriatric presidential candidate on economic policy, which would include what to do to fix the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis.”
“What turned the state for Bush was all of the above plus getting out the word through the jackleg preacher netwook statewide that the Democrats plan on taking their Bibles away.”
“I think the phrase that your folks reserve for the fellow who built this house is “jackleg.””
“As a confirmed rightwing nutjob, please do not lump us all in with the jackleg Republicans in Congress.”
“He is, as Ford described him to Fonda, a jackleg lawyer in Springfield, Ill., who finds himself defending two men in a murder trial.”
“The bonanza yielded $20 million in ore between 1863 and 1867, and triggered a jackleg gentrification, the materials hauled in from San Francisco.”
“He kept himself stimulated by hitting San Francisco regularly, and by turning the little hovel into a kind of jackleg salon.”
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