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ham-and-egger

noun

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

Examples

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

Usage Note

slightly derogatory

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ham-and-egger

noun
  1. An average, predictable person or thing; ordinary Joe: The new People Wieners album is a ham and egger (1920s+)
  2. An average or mediocre prizefighter (1920s+ Prizefight)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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