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poor relation

noun
  1. a person or thing considered inferior to another or othersplastic is a poor relation of real leather
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Related Words

deputy, servant, aide, assistant, underling, gofer, slave, helper, dependent, junior, serf, second, peon, flunky, attendant, scrub, subaltern, inferior

Idioms and Phrases with poor relation

poor relation

An inferior member of a group, as in Many regard Turkey as the poor relation in the European alliance. This expression, first recorded in 1720 for a family member in humble circumstances, began to be used figuratively in the mid-1900s.

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