poor-mouth


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poor-mouth

1. verb To speak negatively, disparagingly, or unflatteringly about someone or something. Why are you always poor-mouthing Tiffany? You don't even know her that well! I'm not trying to poor-mouth my peers, I just want to be honest about my experience in this industry.
2. verb To complain repeatedly or incessantly of one's poverty, especially so as to inspire sympathy or charity in others. Tom always starts poor-mouthing whenever we go out for a meal, whining about how things are too expensive on his reduced income. I usually end up buying his dinner for him just to shut him up! You've poor-mouthed to me for the last time, Nancy. Either you pay your share of the rent, or you get out.
3. noun A complaint or plea about one's poverty or limited financial means. I'm not trying to play the poor-mouth or anything, but I want to explain why I can't come along on the trip. He ordered the most expensive items on the menu, then had the gall to put on the poor-mouth when it came time to divvy up the bill!

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.
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.