poor relation Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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poor relation

something or someone ​similar to but less ​important than another thing or ​person, and that ​people do not ​considerequallyvaluable: The ​airforce and ​navy were ​modernized but the ​army, very much the poor ​relation, was not.
(Definition of poor relation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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