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 or the average person. Of course I can solve this math problem—I'm just as smart as the next man. Look, I'm as adventurous as the next person, but there's no way I would ever cross that rickety rope bridge.
See also: man, next, person, woman
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

as the next person

You use as the next person, to mean that you are no different from anyone else in the way you have mentioned. I value liberty and privacy as much as the next person, but I don't accept the argument that a police camera puts those principles at risk. I can be as nosy as the next person. I like an easy time, same as the next person. Note: You can use man or woman instead of person. I'm as ambitious as the next man. I'd like to manage at the very highest level. Note: These expressions are often used when you are saying something that might make people think that you have the opposite opinion, experience or characteristic.
See also: next, person
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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