Minute-jack

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minute-jack A figure which strikes the hour on the bell of some fanciful clocks; -- called also jack of the clock house.
    • Minute-jack A timeserver; an inconstant person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n minute-jack A jack of the clock-house, or a figure which strikes the bell in a clock: used in the following passage, probably, in the sense of ‘time-server,’ ‘a person whose friendship changes with changes of the times or of fortune.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Minute-jack (Shak.) a little figure that strikes the bell of the clock: a flighty, unstable person
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same word as above.

Usage

In literature:

What was their surprise not ten minutes afterwards to see Jack himself make his appearance on board.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Thirty minutes after the happening of the incidents just related, a remarkable scene took place in Jack Gardner's smoking-room.
"The Last Woman" by Ross Beeckman
A minute later they came down, and then Jack's father registered for the entire crowd.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
When fully ten minutes had crept by Jack made a slight move.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
Then, the five minutes over, Jack would run on to make up for lost time, and be in as soon as Bill Haden.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
Jack quickly had his little Nieuport out of the hangar, and the three airmen began a minute inspection.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
Hold on, Jeff-Jack, I'll be with you in just a minute.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
Jack's habits of discipline made him punctual, and dinner was on the table in less than three minutes after five.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
The gun was now only a few yards away, and in little more than a minute Jack was close to it.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
This was a much easier feat to accomplish, and in ten minutes more Jack was safely imprisoned and the door shut.
"The Eagle's Nest" by S. E. Cartwright
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In poetry:

“Some minutes on the ground Jack lay,
And bore their screamin’ jeers,
And every bloke that passed that way
Contributed his sneers;
Jack cursed aloud, that cursed day
Seemed lengthened into years.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
She laid a beautiful egg of gold;
And at last the Giant began to snore;
Jack waited a minute, then, growing bold,
He crept from the oven along the floor,
And caught the hen in his arms, and then
Fled through the door.
"Jack And The Bean-Stalk" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Jack White played a last-minute show this afternoon on Colfax.
10-Minute Tech: Strain-Saving Trailer Jack Block .
10-Minute Tech: Strain-Saving Trailer Jack Block.
Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch tweeted his skepticism five minutes after the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent in September.
Jack McVey scored in the 103rd minute to lift Fairleigh Dickinson to a 2-1 victory over No.
The Swan Princess Animated, with the voices of Sandy Duncan, John Cleese and Jack Palance Directed by Richard Rich G 95 minutes.
Jack White ended his Saturday concert after about 55 minutes.
Jack White ended the show at Radio City Music Hall after only playing for about 55 minutes.
Jack White Abruptly Ends Radio City Show After 55 Minutes.
A Bath County man says he was car-jacked just minutes after he left his house.
Over the final 24 minutes, they yelled, screamed and jumped up clapping like a bunch of jack in the boxes.
Jack Bailey scored in the 86th minute and lifted Limestone (S.
The game is available on KGRT 104 FM with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip.
) 10-minute circuit training sessions around the house with some stretchy bands for resistance, light handweights and jumping jacks for cardio.
If you can imagine averaging a felony about every hour and ten minutes then you can imagine the kind of jack wagon this guy is.
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