American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One enjoying little or no material wealth: "The gap between the haves and the have-nots still shows up clearly at the polls” ( Brad Edmondson).
- n. singular variant of have nots.
- n. a person with few or no possessions
“She did after all, really blow it in the have/have-not competition and we all know she's playing both sides.”
“In the have and have-not society of golden-age Athens, wallowing in luxury and public ostentation became a pivot for societal change, as the statesman Pericles suggested such showiness was ultimately not worthy of the Greeks, and altogether more a Persian way of carrying on.”
“But in a season when we are surrounded by so much, by a superabundance of plenty of everything, it's good to know that a relatively modest investment of time and money can move someone whom the world has dealt a massively unfair hand from the have-not side of the ledger to the have side.”
“In fact, along those very same lines, there is a reason libertarian views are never advanced by those who have actually seen de facto segregation or who have ever been on the “have-not” side of the aisle.”
“Today's fund-raising market is a have and have-not market," said Christopher Douvos , co-head of private-equity investing for the Investment Fund for Foundations, an organization that invests in venture-capital funds on behalf of nonprofits.”
“Predictions for the rest of the world included warnings that emerging economies in China and India would use their funding for a larger share of the available fuel ramping up gas-station prices in the U.S. to world levels of $7 a gallon and higher, and that have-not Third World nations would face desperate food-production and other calamities.”
“Articles such as "Our Two-Class System" and "Rationing College Opportunity" point to the growing problem of a have and have-not system of American higher education.”
“Now, P&G executives say many of its former middle-market shoppers are trading down to lower-priced goods—widening the pools of have and have-not consumers at the expense of the middle.”
“The have-not Hecks of Indiana and the well-off West Coast Pritchett/Dunphy clan have little in common, except being uncommonly funny.”
“The have/have-not dichotomy implied by our word "charity" is unfailingly described this way, while the women nod knowingly, and the men evince a glum resignation.”
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