poormouth


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poor·mouth

 (po͝or′mouth′, -mouth′)
v. poor·mouthed, poor·mouth·ing, poor·mouths
v.tr.
To speak ill of.
v.intr.
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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Over the past years their terms and conditions of employment have been consistently undermined as Greyhound, owned by the Buckley brothers, Brian and Michael, who have registered the company in the Isle of Man, conveniently meaning they don't have to publish their profits while they plead the poormouth.
These universities may have management problems, but they cannot have financial problems, no matter how tirelessly they "poormouth" when soliciting alumni, foundations, and other donors.