a poor man's something

1) used about something that is a cheaper type of a similar but more impressive thing

This car is seen as the poor man's Rolls Royce.

2) used about someone who is less successful, popular etc when compared with another person

He's a kind of poor man's James Bond.


English dictionary. 2014.

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