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poor relation


  1. a person or thing considered inferior to another or others

    plastic is a poor relation of real leather

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

A spinster who was a poor relation was the only person of respectable breeding who ever came near them.

At most, she only looks upon him as a kind of poor relation that ought to put up with anything.

She had been the poor relation, the daughter of a dreaming failure.

Robert Moncton had been reconciled to his son, and I was once more regarded as only a poor relation.

I am rich, trust in me, and the world shall never sneer at you as a poor relation.


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