poor mouth

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poor mouth

n
unjustified complaining, esp to excite sympathy: she always has the poor mouth .
vb (tr)
informal to speak of disparagingly; decry

poor′ mouth`



n.
a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.
[1815–25]

poor′-mouth`

(-maʊθ)

v. (-maʊθt, -maʊðd)
Informal. v.i.
1. to plead or complain of poverty.
v.t.
2. to disparage; bad-mouth.
[1965–70; Amer.]
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