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 Poor Jack or John (A).Poor Richard. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Poor Man.
The blade-bone of a shoulder of mutton, so called in Scotland. In some parts of England it is termed a “poor knight of Windsor,” because it holds the same relation to Sir Loin as a Windsor knight does to a baronet. Sir Walter Scott tells of a Scotch laird who, being asked by an English land-lord what he would have for dinner, produced the utmost consternation by saying, “I think I could relish a morsel of a poor man.” (See Bride of Lammermoor, chap. xix.)   1

 Poor Jack or John (A).Poor Richard. 


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