poor relation


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poor relation

A less desirable substitute for the genuine item. The cheap motorcycle jacket I bought is nice, but it is a poor relation of actual leather.
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poor relation

An inferior member of a group, as in Many regard Turkey as the poor relation in the European alliance. This expression, first recorded in 1720 for a family member in humble circumstances, began to be used figuratively in the mid-1900s.
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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
I need no blessings, but - but -' She stamped her foot at the poor relation.
Best of all, when the body was cleared, she cut out from the mass of poor relations that crowded the back of the buildings - house-hold dogs, we name them - a cousin's widow, skilled in what Europeans, who know nothing about it, call massage.
And me, and me,' said a couple of poor relations at the bottom of the table, who had eaten and drunk very heartily, and laughed at everything.
He is a kind, excellent, independent-spirited, fine-hearted, hospitable, liberal man (enthusiastic shouts from the poor relations, at all the adjectives; and especially at the two last).
The uninvited guest Free and easy manners Salutary jokes A prodigal son Exit of the glutton A sudden change in fortune Danger of a visit to poor relations Plucking of a prosperous man A vagabond toilet A substitute for the very fine horse Hard travelling The uninvited guest and the patriarchal colt A beggar on horseback A catastrophe Exit of the merry vagabond
There were no foreclosures of mortgages, no protested notes, no bills payable, no debts of honour in Typee; no unreasonable tailors and shoemakers perversely bent on being paid; no duns of any description and battery attorneys, to foment discord, backing their clients up to a quarrel, and then knocking their heads together; no poor relations, everlastingly occupying the spare bed-chamber, and diminishing the elbow room at the family table; no destitute widows with their children starving on the cold charities of the world; no beggars; no debtors' prisons; no proud and hard-hearted nabobs in Typee; or to sum up all in one word--no Money
All his poor relations, to whom he would never speak, except with a sneer, shot up into the sky like wonderful golden flowers with blossoms of fire.
Some of the higher scholars boarded in the Doctor's house, and through them I learned, at second hand, some particulars of the Doctor's history - as, how he had not yet been married twelve months to the beautiful young lady I had seen in the study, whom he had married for love; for she had not a sixpence, and had a world of poor relations (so our fellows said) ready to swarm the Doctor out of house and home.
The groundbreaking study, in which Time Warner actively and willingly participated, disproves once and for all the myth that DSL service is cable modem's poor relation.
Welsh players rugby's poor relations DERWYN JONES might have been the first Welsh rugby union player to turn pro but when the 6ft-10in former policeman faces England at Twickenham tomorrow he will feel like a poor relation.
STEVE BRUCE is happy to be a poor relation of his old team-mate Mark Hughes as he faces up to the new City money men.
From being seen by some as the UK's poor relation, it now stands toe-to-toe with its more established city rivals.
1940 Dorothy Paget, who was a superb supporter of jumping when it was very much Flat racing's poor relation, wins her sixth Cheltenham Gold Cup, following five with Golden Miller, when Roman Hackle, ridden by Evan Williams and trained by Owen Anthony, justifies his even-money odds with a ten-length defeat of Fred Rimell's mount Black Hawk.
The Uefa Cup may be Europe's poor relation but we need this cup more than anything to end 35 years of hurt.