from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A man who does odd jobs or various small tasks.
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- noun informal A man who does small
tasksand odd jobs
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- noun a man skilled in various odd jobs and other small tasks
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I use the term handyman deliberately because it has a kind of unsophisticated connotation that is meant to quietly offend an expert tradesperson.
Isn't there a lot of competition in 'handyman' websites?
An unlimited supply of Diet Irn Bru (It's a Scottish drink) and something tall, dark and handsome with a degree in handyman skills.
The difference between an independent yeoman and a second-rate handyman is independence.
But my replacement fridge - swiped by the clever handyman from the currently empty apartment next door-is newer and cleaner than the Defunctadaire ever was.
Finally, he called a handyman who had advertised that he would take care of "everything your husband doesn't have time to fix."
You can make fresh and semi soft cheeses before you buy that refrigerator and expensive presses (though you can make a press and fix an old refrigerator - a handyman is usually cheaper that special equipment, especially if you have one at home; -)).
The story, that of a widower and a widow connecting with the help of their handyman, is pretty formulaic, and the characters are extremely two-dimensional, but I really liked the descriptions of the houses and the main character’s yacht.
I got up and called the handyman Betsy had referred me to and asked him to repair the deck.
I finally called the handyman to open the pane glass mammoth: Even he needed to call an assistant to lend two more hands.