poor old

poor old

An expression of sympathy, pity, or compassion for someone or something. Poor old Robert was let go from another job; he just can't catch a break. Are we nearly there? My poor old feet are killing me!
See also: old, poor

ˌpoor old ˈsb/ˈsth

(informal) used to express sympathy: Poor old Mrs Kirk’s just gone into hospital again.She sat down to rest her poor old legs.
See also: old, poor, Sb, sth
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There were poor old men, trying to get a horse or a pony for a few pounds, that might drag about some little wood or coal cart.
If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my conviction of the infernal char- acter of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable loathing of slaveholders, it was their base ingrati- tude to my poor old grandmother.
You are not yet finished, and you start out by being impudent to your poor old father.
In a village dwelt a poor old woman, who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them.
I believe the readiness of our return volley had scattered the mutineers once more, for we were suffered without further molestation to get the poor old gamekeeper hoisted over the stockade and carried, groaning and bleeding, into the log-house.
Poor old John, I have a great regard for him; he was clerk to my poor father twentyseven years; and now, poor old man, he is bedridden, and very poorly with the rheumatic gout in his joints I must go and see him today; and so will Jane, I am sure, if she gets out at all.
That would be far more fitting than to send a poor old woman like me a-wooing to the King's Court for the hand of a Princess.
bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the tinselled dancers and poor old rouged tumblers, while the light-fingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind.
Heaven knows what poor old Paul will say when the news reaches him.
In this state of mind, how could Hetty give any feeling to Adam's troubles, or think much about poor old Thias being drowned?
Possibly there was no red-hot poker handy: but some sticks were forthcoming in a moment, and threatening faces surrounded the poor old wanderer, who waved them back with quiet dignity.
Afterwards came our terrible journey back to the Coast, when I carried the poor old chap on my back day by day, and stood over him at night potting those black beasts when they crept up too close - for they were on our track all the time.
The poor old Worm turns as if she was treading on him instead of cuddling him like a pussy cat.
White rabbits went loping about the place, and occasionally came and sniffed at our shoes and shins; a fawn, with a red ribbon on its neck, walked up and examined us fearlessly; rare breeds of chickens and doves begged for crumbs, and a poor old tailless raven hopped about with a humble, shamefaced mein which said, "Please do not notice my exposure--think how you would feel in my circumstances, and be charitable.
He has been encouraging the poor old lady until her last few shots have been quite good.