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poor man's

A less desirable substitute for the genuine item. The local artist became known as the poor man's Picasso. I was happy with my new car, even though my friends called it a poor man's Jaguar.
See also: poor

the poor man's something

If you describe something as the poor man's something, you mean that it is similar to the second thing, but less expensive to buy or of lower quality. To some people, chicken livers are the poor man's foie gras. Note: People sometimes say that a person is the poor man's someone, meaning that they do something similar to that person, but not as well. Throughout his career Jason Bateman has been the poor man's Michael J. Fox.
See also: poor, something

the poor man's —

an inferior or cheaper substitute for the thing specified.
1991 Canberra Times Just as alarming is the prospect of FAEs, Fuel-Air Explosives… known as the poor man's atom bomb.
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In the absence of a motorized tiller, and in the true spirit of the Poor Man's Plot, you can rake the ground aggressively with a large garden rake or large (36-48-inch) landscape rake to loosen the top quarter inch of soil and make it easier for the seeds to find a home.
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But the concept of the poor man's war, like the specter of Karl Marx, is hard to exorcise.
Pulled away from the wall, the accumulation is transformed from cluttered furniture into a sculpture in the round, and the back of the poor man's wunderkammer suddenly becomes its face as Isabella masks the terrifying accumulation of stuff lurking immediately behind.
Looks like the poor man's answer to Posh and Becks is still going strong.
When the rich man is visited by a traveler, instead of taking one of his flock to feed the guest, he takes the poor man's only lamb.