poor-mouth


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poor-mouth

1. tv. to speak ill of someone. (see also bad-mouth.) Please don’t poor-mouth my brother.
2. in. to speak repeatedly of how little money one has; to plead poverty. Spend more time looking for a job and less time poor-mouthing.
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As a result Channel 5 had to argue that the editors and producers were supervisors whose jobs required the "use of independent judgment," while the editors and producers had to poor-mouth themselves and claim they had no authority to hire, transfer, fire, assign, discipline or take similar personnel action regarding other employees.
After months of crying poor-mouth, the county finds $309 million in some cookie jar, but doesn't restore hospital services to High Desert Hospital, cut during the ``budget crisis.
Change its poor-mouth attitude about business to a positive approach.
However much couples may detest each other, children need to feel good about both parents, so never poor-mouth either parent, in fact do the opposite, praise them both.
The largest is the Oregon Education Association, which cries poor-mouth every biennium.
The caught-in-a-time-warp brigade love to present this poor-mouth stance.