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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
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.
The next time you hear naysayers poormouth college, ask them if they plan to send their own children.
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.
If that’s the case, then how about we rifle through your records when you scream poormouth?