One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inferior or cheaper substitute for the thing specified.‘corduroy has always been the poor man's velvet’
- ‘If I ever achieve my destiny as the poor man's Stephen Fry, I am so going to do that.’
- ‘‘He was not the poor man's Bruce Springsteen,’ says Janet Hackel.’
- ‘Steven Seagal is like the poor man's Sylvester Stallone.’
- ‘I guess in a way you could think of Dante as the poor man's Tim Burton.’
- ‘It's never good when you're the poor man's Knicks.’
- ‘Now Dundee is striking back against its image as the poor man's Smolensk.’
- ‘It may be seen by some as the poor man's Ferrari, but it is nonetheless one to feel extremely passionate about.’
- ‘Yes, somehow the poor man's Adrian Juste has wound up on - what is by default - the coolest radio station on ‘proper’ radio.’
- ‘Meanwhile in Virginia, the USA take on the International team in the poor man's Ryder Cup’
- ‘Spirit of the Dance was originally regarded as the poor man's Riverdance but has now been seen by more than 30 million people.’
- ‘Pardon the pun, but I'm what you'd call the poor man's Kevin Bacon.’
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