from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To speak ill of.
  • intransitive v. To claim poverty as an excuse or a defense: always poormouths when asked to donate to charity.
  • n. An exaggerated assertion of poverty.

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  • v. To pretend to be poor


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  • The Detroit automakers always poormouth this sort of thing: they did it for seatbelts, for airbags, for bumper standards, for CAFE standards in previous decades … and then they manage to meet the standards anyway.

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  • The problem with variable support is that there are plenty of guys out there who will self-impoverish, reduce their income, etc., go to the judge and poormouth to get a minimal support payment, and then re-up their income on the side or under the table to regain their standard of living.

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  • The next time you hear naysayers poormouth college, ask them if they plan to send their own children.

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  • Why have they not been responsible all this time and now cry poormouth, pity us.


  • That he did this while simultaneously pleading poormouth to the team's city and state and threatened to put the Colts on Route 66 to California betrayed a family resemblance that the locals took seriously.

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  • If that’s the case, then how about we rifle through your records when you scream poormouth?

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