jackleg
adjective Etymology: 1jack + -leg (as in blackleg) Date: 1850 1. a. characterized by unscrupulousness, dishonesty, or lack of professional standards <
a jackleg lawyer
>
b. lacking skill or training ; amateur <
a jackleg carpenter
>
2. designed as a temporary expedient ; makeshiftjackleg noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • jackleg — jack•leg [[t]ˈdʒækˌlɛg[/t]] Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. 1) dial. unskilled or untrained; amateur 2) dial. lacking professional scruples; unethical 3) dial. makeshift; temporary 4) cvb dial. an unskilled or unscrupulous itinerant… …   From formal English to slang

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