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(one) puts (one's) pants on one leg at a time
Someone being spoken of or referred to is just an ordinary human being. Used especially in reference to someone who is of an elevated social status, such as a celebrity, star athlete, member of royalty, etc. The phrase is often followed by "just like everybody else." Primarily heard in US. Because our only interaction with celebrities is through the media, it's easy to forget that they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else. The superstar comedian's latest non-fiction book provides a quirky insight into her day-to-day life, and reminds you that she puts her pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. I might be the youngest billionaire in the world, but I still put my pants on one leg at a time!
1. noun, slang Someone who is very reluctant to spend money. Can be used as a humorous title, in which case it is capitalized. OK, El Cheapo, I'll pay for it then, geez. He's such an el cheapo! Geez, I'll pay for it then.
2. adjective, slang Describing something that is inexpensive and, often, poorly made. Yes, I'm trying to wrap the gift, but I keep tearing this el cheapo wrapping paper.
See also: el
slang Outstanding or excellent. Considering his young age and small stature, Billy really did an el primo job building the dog house for his new puppy. Whoa, those are some el primo sneakers—I love them!
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el cheapo(ɛl ˈtʃipo)
1. n. the cheap one; the cheapest one. (Mock Spanish.) I don’t want one of those el cheapos.
2. mod. cheap. This is el cheapo. I don’t want it.
See also: el
(el) primo((ɛl) ˈprimo)
mod. [of something] top quality. (From Spanish for the first.) I want some more of that el primo C.
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