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the have-nots

Those who are deprived of or lacking in material wealth; the lower class or the poor. Used especially in juxtaposition to "the haves," i.e., the wealthy. The politician ran on a platform of educating and empowering the have-nots across the country. I come from a long line of have-nots, so I vowed at a young age to do whatever it took to become successful and wealthy. In the corrupt country, there are only two types of people—the haves and the have-nots.

the have-nots

n. the poor; those who have little or nothing. (Compare this with the haves.) The have-nots seem never to be able to get ahead.
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The rest are just well, they're just the rest, the have-nots. It's this division that defines the business today.
Imagine that in 1895, some 13 years before the Model T, Al Gore's great-grandfather had correctly identified the potential importance of the new "horseless carriage" to future employment, and led the government push to ensure that we did not become a nation of "motorized transportation haves and have-nots." History provides an answer to this hypothetical question.
Without access to the information superhighway, libraries become have-nots. Without the knowledge of how to use the access, public librarians become have-nots.
Imran Khan said he had tried to end the divide of haves and have-nots in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his party's tenure.
If ever we needed a reminder that this is a world of haves and have-nots, then this is it.
Having reduced the native inhabitants to peonage and later having imported slaves from Africa, the conquerors and their descendants plundered the astonishing riches of the new land and concentrated incredible wealth in a few "haves" while many times their number became "have-nots."
Yet critics who decried the widening gap between haves and have-nots in the 1980s have been remarkably silent about the apparent reversal of that trend in the Bush years.
Champions Rangers breezed home 5-1 against Motherwell, but for the Scottish Premier League it was a reminder of the growing gulf between the haves and the have-nots.
He used his speech to call for higher taxes to pay for free education for all, saying: "The teaching of our youth is of the highest importance." And he slammed the Tories for widening the gap between the haves and have-nots.
The naive, utopian social experimentation conducted by the Haves, he argues, brought ruin upon society's most marginal members, the Have-Nots.
The haves get more while the have-nots can go hang.
"Every action we take impacts on the lives of others around us, and giving does not necessarily mean being rich, it simply means sacrificing and sharing the little we have with the have-nots," Gitahi said.
In investigating the abysmal gap between the haves and have-nots that define social life on this remote island chain, Borri sends up a warning flare to other nations of the world where wealth inequality continues to widen.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Feb 9 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said litigation fees should not create a divide between haves and have-nots, and between litigants who can afford and cannot afford considerable fees.
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