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poor as a churchmouse

Having little or no wealth and few possessions, as in She's poor as a churchmouse, so you can't expect her to donate anything. The reason for this long-used simile is unclear, but most believe that, since churches are not known for storing food, a mouse inside one would fare poorly. It has survived such earlier phrases as poor as Job. [Second half of 1600s]
See also: poor
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My daughter's favorite books were the Little Critters series (by Mercer Mayer), "The Berenstein Bears" (by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstein) and the Christopher Churchmouse series (by Barbara Davoll).
There's a renowned gentleman's outfitters, designer stores for men and women and Churchmouse Cheese, which sends its fare around the world.
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eeek Susan Butterworth with a floral `Ignatius' the churchmouse full bloom Winifred Watson (left) and Vicki Wimpenny inspect a display called A Splash of Colour
THE stage was his life and when,in recent times, the flow of money was modest and he had to live in a rented council flat,Gordon Reid,actor in numerous TV, radio and theatre productions, said:``I'mas poor as a churchmouse,but I wouldn't be anything but an actor.
The unobtrusive little churchmouse, gliding quietly through the great mansion of Mansfield, Fanny had watched Crawford take philanderous liberties with her cousins, Julia and Maria, and seen his obliquely improper relationship with his own, amoral sister, Mary.
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