down to chili and beans

down to chili and beans

Broke or destitute. It sounds like Betsy is down to chili and beans, so what makes you think she's going to loan you money?
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down to chili and beans

Rur. very poor; down to one's last penny. Mary and Tom aren't doing too well. They're down to chili and beans. Many's the time I was down to chili and beans, but I always pulled through.
See also: and, bean, down, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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