land so poor you couldn't raise a fuss on it

land so poor you couldn't raise a fuss on it

old-fashioned Land with extremely infertile soil incapable of any agricultural activity. Primarily heard in US. After years of drought and improper crop rotation, the land here is so poor you couldn't raise a fuss on it. All my father left behind for us was land so poor you couldn't raise a fuss on it.
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land so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss

 and land too poor to raise a racket on
Rur. land where nothing will grow. I inherited two hundred acres from my uncle, but it's land so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss. The soil's exhausted. That land is so poor it wouldn't even raise a fuss. Jill can grow a garden anywhere, even on land too poor to raise a racket on.
See also: even, fuss, land, poor, raise