English version

the poor man’s something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe poor man’s somethingthe poor man’s somethingused to say that something can be used for the same purpose as something else, and is much cheaper Herring is the poor man’s salmon. poor
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the poor man’s somethingNo one could have been more sympathetic to the detail of the poor man's need, or more capable of vicarious imagination.
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