as good, well, etc. as the next person

as (something) as the next man/woman/person

As much of the adjective stated between "as" and "as" as anyone else. Of course I can solve this math problem—I'm just as smart as the next man.
See also: man, next, person, woman

as good, well, etc. as the ˈnext person

as good/well etc. as most other people: I can swim as well as the next person, but I can’t compete with her — she’s an Olympic champion.
See also: next, person