poor mouth

poor mouth
noun
Midland : a profession or protestation of poverty — often used with make

when you ask him for a donation he makes a poor mouth

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Informal.
1. a person who continually complains about a lack of money.
2. a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.
3. cry poor mouth. to complain, esp. habitually, about a lack of money.
Also, talk a poor mouth.
[1815-25]

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poor mouth,
Dialect or Informal.
1. a claim or complaint of poverty, especially when exaggerated: »

We read the news article…accusing us of making a poor mouth about Princess Margaret's bills (New York Times).

2. a person who makes such a claim or complaint: »

Roblin [was] castigating his opponents as “poor mouths”…who had no faith in Manitoba's future (Canadian Saturday Night).

poor-mouth «PUR MOWTH», intransitive verb, transitive verb.
Informal. to complain of one's economic or other circumstances; speak belittlingly or apologetically of oneself or one's position: »

Players from 28 nations…whizzed in on a chartered plane…poor-mouthing in many tongues that they were used to clay courts and expected to play miserably on the grass (Time).


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  • poor-mouth — [poor′mouth΄, poor′mouth΄] vi. Informal to complain about one s lack of money; plead poverty …   English World dictionary

  • poor-mouth — poor′ mouth [[t] maʊθ[/t]] v. [[t] maʊθt, maʊðd[/t]] Informal. 1) cvb inf to plead or complain of poverty 2) cvb inf to disparage; bad mouth • Etymology: 1965–70; amer …   From formal English to slang

  • poor mouth — poor′ mouth n. cvb inf a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • poor-mouth — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌmau̇th, th verb Etymology: poor mouth, noun intransitive verb : to plead poverty as a defense or excuse usually poor mouths when it s his turn to contribute transitive verb : to speak disparagingly of * * * /poor mowth / …   Useful english dictionary

  • poor-mouth — 1. tv. to speak ill of someone. (See also bad mouth.) □ Please don’t poor mouth my brother. □ There’s no need to poor mouth your clothing. 2. in. to speak repeatedly of how little money one has; to plead poverty. □ She’s got money, but she’s… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • poor mouth — Informal. 1. a person who continually complains about a lack of money. 2. a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc. 3. cry poor mouth. to complain, esp. habitually, about a lack of… …   Universalium

  • poor-mouth —    to ignore or refer to in unfavourable terms    A more consistent practice than the occasional denigration implied when you bad mouth:     Naturally the Chinese have always poormouthed the foreign built railways contribution to their economic… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • poor-mouth — {v.} To be constantly complaining about one s poverty; keep saying how one cannot afford the better things in life. * /Uncle Jack indulges in an awful lot of poor mouthing, but we know that he has half a million dollars stashed away in a secret… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • poor-mouth — {v.} To be constantly complaining about one s poverty; keep saying how one cannot afford the better things in life. * /Uncle Jack indulges in an awful lot of poor mouthing, but we know that he has half a million dollars stashed away in a secret… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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