be a/the poor man's sb/sth(redirected from be the poor man's)
be a/the poor man's (someone or something)
To be a less desirable substitute for the actual or genuine person or thing. That local artist is the poor man's Picasso—to everyone in town, at least. I was happy with my new car, even though my friends think it's just a poor man's Jaguar.
See also: poor