journeymen


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Journeyman \Jour"ney*man\, n.; pl. Journeymen.
   1. Formerly, a man hired to work by the day; now, commonly,
      one who has finished an apprenticeship and is a competent
      worker in a handicraft or trade, but has not received
      recognition as a master; -- distinguished from
      apprentice and from master workman.
      [1913 Webster +PJC]

            I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made
            men, and not made them well.          --Shak.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. Hence: A competent and experienced worker who performs
      adequately but without a high level of expertise or
      imagination.
      [PJC]
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