dirt-poor

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dirt-poor

Very poor. That actress may be wealthy now, but she was dirt-poor as a child.
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He was world-famous but dirt poor, and he once showed up at the White House drunk.
As a result in 2010 dirt poor South Africa spent pounds 3.
Already dirt poor, Yemen will desperately need economic resuscitation when and if the current crisis can be overcome.
5 million people flooded out in that dirt poor country last July (10 times the number who've been hit in Australia) are still waiting for the flood water to recede.
The orphanages are dirt poor," Jeanne Gunning, Grace's mother, said.
Brunson was born dirt poor in a Texas town with a population of more or less 100.
The son of a west Texas sharecropper, Unruh grew up unsophisticated and dirt poor.
Iqbal said the court decision closed the door on any peace talks to end nearly 40 years of conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people, displaced 2 million and kept one of the most resource-rich regions of the country dirt poor.
So, in case of an emergency, you'd better have insurance or lots of cash or be dirt poor, because the VAMC is a long way off and the locals are funny about VA cards.
In America, to a much greater extent than any other place on Earth, a young person starting off dirt poor could apply his talents and pull himself up by the bootstraps to achieve middle-class status and beyond.
He looked wistful, telling us of his cowboy grandpa: "When he died, he had nothing but his saddle, boots and Bible; his family was dirt poor, but he had a great life out there on the range.
O'Grady dirt poor and have to share all their raggedy belongings--one potato a day, one blanket, etc.
For the old, the infirm and the dirt poor, those radio announcements might just as well have said 'sprout wings and fly'.
Though he was dirt poor, he never went hungry, and oddly enough, never ate better.
She knew that kids need to be kept busy, and living dirt poor in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, it was not easy to find affordable recreation for kids.