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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The fighting, which has gone from village to village, has resulted in an exodus of tens of thousands of refugees from the area into Lebanon's dirt-poor Bek valley.
And, back on the dirt-poor soil of this beautiful and heart-breaking country, farmers are taking out Taliban loans to grow still more opium (another way of weakening the West, they believe, is to drown us in addiction).
While that is clearly unacceptable, the government needs to look into some very legitimate demands the Maoists make on behalf of the people they claim to represent, mainly the dirt-poor farmers and the landless labourers.
Eschewing the gay characters and experimental tics that have marked his previous filmic efforts, Franco offers a competently acted, technically adequate Cliffs Notes take on Faulkner's narratively refracted tale of dirt-poor Mississippi folk in mourning.
Set in the dirt-poor river communities of deepest Arkansas, the film's power is diluted by its running time of 130 minutes.
But in Spivey's analysis this was a conscious decision of a man who grew up dirt-poor but with tremendous talent to maximize his earning potential over the years: "He may well have been not only the first free agent in baseball but the most successful one" (140).
Dirt-poor Casey, her hardworking single mom, and grandmother barely make ends meet in 1959 South Carolina, much less have enough money for longed-for ballet lessons.
It was the deadliest terrorist attack in years in Yemen, the dirt-poor south Arabian country that is now central to United States concerns about terrorism.
I could be dirt-poor living on the streets and I wouldn't care as long as I was with him.
One of the countries he mentions, Zimbabwe, with its dirt-poor people, has been living very handsomely off the back of British taxpayers since Ian Smith's government was overthrown, and look where it has gone.
But Yemen also sits at a key nexus for Al-Qaeda, many of whose most hardcore fighters have been recruited in the rugged, dirt-poor country that is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden.
She was brought up by dirt-poor Mrs Albina after her mum Ona Lazauskiene, 58, and dad Saranus Bleda, separated.
The International Herald Tribune carried prominently an Associated Press report describing Manguzi as 'a dirt-poor area devastated by AIDS near the Mozambican border'.
One of Mendie's male students from the sixth-grade class of '55 was from a dirt-poor Nebraska family that moved West after World War II.
In a mesmerizing, semi-voiced narration, Reading tells the melancholy, often poetic, rather drawn-out story of Isabel and Isaias, a sister and brother from a dirt-poor village in the north of an unnamed Latin American country, who emigrate to a big city in the south.