dirt-poor


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dirt-poor

  (informal)
extremely poor Most of the population in this undeveloped area were dirt-poor and jobless.
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Built into ``Fiddler on the Roof'' is a kind of conversational shorthand between Tevye, the dirt-poor dairyman from Anatevka, and the Almighty, whom Tevye halfheartedly blames for his predicament.
His father - from dirt-poor roots in the depression - had grown rich farming tobacco, and as a child Al Jr was present when people like John F Kennedy and his brother Robert came calling at the Tennessee spread he owned.
I was still dirt-poor but I had one hell of a vocabulary.
You know, we've got affluent Asian families from Northridge, and we've got dirt-poor people from Pacoima, and they all come together right there.
And now children in dirt-poor Haiti are being sold to callous human traffickers for less than a quid, it was revealed yesterday.
Consider: In a dirt-poor Appalachian community in Virginia, three women meet a man who works for FDR's Rural Electrification Administration.
When the dirt-poor Boatwright family win $318m on the lottery, they obviously can't believe their luck.
Bradbury said he was a dirt-poor newspaperboy in 1937 when he posted a note on the bulletin board of a Hollywood science fiction bookstore.
Britain's locked in a nasty war, in a dirt-poor tribal country, that we cannot easily win and cannot afford to lose.
Born on June 20, 1924, Audie was the son of a dirt-poor Texas sharecropper and an overworked mother.
Gordon Brown must persuade us that the spilling of so much blood in a dirt-poor country thousands of miles from home is worth supporting.
A dirt-poor Oklahoma farm boy who rose to become a millionaire by bailing out people in need.
While subjects on this series are frequently moved to tears at realising how their dirt-poor ancestors didn't have two pennies to rub together, Kevin can only sit, looking faintly embarrassed as more and more of his hugely successful and well-connected capitalist forebears come strutting out of the woodwork - one even rated a mention in the famous diary of Samuel Pepys.
Once they'd escaped to America, it didn't take long for the dirt-poor, communally minded, Roman-Catholic Irish to clash with the puritanical, proud self-sufficiency of the native Yankees.
She's gone from dirt-poor obscurity to all-conquering global fame, writing songs as devastating as Jolene.