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poor relation

noun
1.
a person or thing considered inferior to another or others: plastic is a poor relation of real leather
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Examples from the Web for poor relation
Historical Examples
  • The poor relation hoisted one leg over the arm of his chair, and gazed contemplatively at the ceiling.

  • If I didn't take it you and Joel might have had a poor relation to board and lodge.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Now such an attitude is ridiculous, because she is a poor relation.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • I shouldnt like to be a poor relation of Mrs. Merricks, Geoffrey observed.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • She had been told that the girl was a poor relation of Paul's, and that her story was a very sorrowful one.

  • For twenty-three years, she, the poor relation, had lived with him like that!

  • Never has Aunt Letitia seemed more successfully the poor relation.

    More Portmanteau Plays Stuart Walker
  • In her house at that time there lived a poor relation of her husband.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • "I suppose he was a poor relation of the people," said the Superintendent thoughtfully, after a little pause.

    Whosoever Shall Offend F. Marion Crawford
  • But she is like a poor relation, always turning up at the wrong time!

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
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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