Johnny-on-the-spot love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A person who is available and ready to act when needed.


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  • Handyman Fergus McNulty was Johnny-on-the-spot in Rouen on May 30, 1431, when the conscience-stricken brute assigned to set Joan of Arc ablaze pretended that he couldn't get the kindling lit, hoping to win the Maid of Orleans a stay of execution.

    Tracing My Roots and Coming Up With Dirt

  • This TD was made possible by Mason's Johnny-on-the-spot recovery of a Le'Ron McClain fumble.

    NFL Replay: Sparano-led Dolphins won't fold in the end

  • Officer Sawyer Billings was Johnny-on-the-spot, having spent some off-duty hours at the mall, watching the old man from a distance.

    The Rescues of Brittan Courvalais « A Fly in Amber

  • Grown weary of sitting-in while Johnson fitted a torrent of unconscious, spring-breaking nubiles with a new set each, I was waiting at the hotel for the adult star Traci Topps to fly in for her downsizing—the bottom had just dropped out of the big-bust erotic entertainment market and I was Johnny-on-the-spot, breaking the news.


  • Now Magazine, which is apparently Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to celebrity tumbles which someone should probably look into reports firstly on Cheryl Cole/Tweedy/Whatever:

    George Clooney Hobbles Around Premiere After Crash

  • That was just a little too Johnny-on-the-spot for my suspicious mind.

    Edwards Mocks Hillary "Kindergarten" Attack On Obama: "I Wanted To Be Superman"

  • My guess was that Russell had seen Sikorski as someone stupid enough not to ask too many questions, and grateful enough to appreciate all the perks Russell, Johnny-on-the-spot death investigator of the rich and famous, could throw his way.

    I Am Not A Psychic!

  • Marcus, Johnny-on-the-spot, took his Howard University class ring off his finger and put it on hers.

    Become Your Own Matchmaker

  • URBIK: Because we're talking about an area so vast it would be unrealistic to expect the Navy to be Johnny-on-the-spot.

    CNN Transcript Apr 15, 2009

  • She's a Johnny-on-the-spot ray of sunshine, with a way of teasing customers in that sweet, Louisiana kind of way.

    Suzette Standring: New Orleans Now


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