Meaning of ham-and-egger in English:


Pronunciation /ham(ə)nˈɛɡə/


informal US
  • An ordinary man.

    • ‘he's fired from his law firm and forced to hit the streets with a thousand other ham-and-eggers’
    • ‘I would venture to guess the lowly ham-and-egger doing that kind of work is not drawing a lot of press attention and never will.’
    • ‘Dan Alexander and Correll Buckhalter are ham-and-eggers who aren't going to run away from defenders.’
    • ‘Fraley and Koppen, two real ham-and-eggers, are cut from the same cloth.’
    • ‘How was this second-year ham-and-egger out of the University of Michigan going to turn things around for the Pats?’
    • ‘While it's hard not to view Bon Jovi as a rock ‘n’ roll ham-and-egger whose popularity far exceeds his talent level, a throng that much of the time could best be described as rabid would be quick to disagree.’


Early 20th century originally used in boxing, in the sense ‘an average boxer who earns only enough to pay for his meals’.