a poor thing, but mine own

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a poor thing, but mine own

cliché Said of something belonging to, or created by one that is greatly flawed or lacking, in which one nevertheless feels pride. The phrase is a corruption of a line in Shakespeare's As You Like It: "An ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own." After six years, I finally managed to finish writing my novel. It may never be read by another living person, but I'm just happy to have made it—a poor thing, but mine own. This little country of ours has its fair share of problems, but it's still home. A poor thing, perhaps, but mine own.
See also: but, mine, own, poor
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a poor thing but mine own

It may not be much, but it belongs to me. The phrase misquotes Touchstone’s description of Audrey in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (5.4): “An ill-favour’d thing, sir, but mine own.” It has been a cliché since the mid-nineteenth century.
See also: but, mine, own, poor, thing
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer