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an ordinary or regular person; also, a rather incompetent person


He is a real ham-and-egger, rubbing elbows with the construction workers and plumbers and cops at the local watering hole.

Word Origin

from the old days when miners held boxing matches; the winner got money, the loser got a ham and egg meal

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  • His own knowledge of electronic circuitry was limited to ham radio experience, and even that was many years out of date.

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