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poor mouth

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

poor′ mouth`

a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.



v. (-maʊθt, -maʊðd)
Informal. v.i.
1. to plead or complain of poverty.
2. to disparage; bad-mouth.
[1965–70; Amer.]
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It's amazing to me how one moment they can be talking about their record results and the next moment they can be poor-mouthing about how they're going to go bankrupt,'' von Lohmann said.
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So don't go calling him a sophisticated Senate insider--not unless you're prepared to hear a lot of poor-mouthing about what it was like back then.