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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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So don't go calling him a sophisticated Senate insider--not unless you're prepared to hear a lot of poor-mouthing about what it was like back then.
Whether the head-shaking nostalgia surrounding Southland is genuine or just poor-mouthing in the best state-regulated business tradition, Baldwin can point to some concrete numbers to back his case.
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Although foundation president William May had insisted that the budget for the work is still a rock-bottom $230 million, Iacocca told the gathering, "We've already used up $265 million, and I'm confident we could get another $100 million beyond that." After consistently poor-mouthing the amount of money that will be taken in by government-sponsored commemorative coin sales (at one point he said it would generate only $40 million), Iacocca expressed the hope that "maybe we'll get $160 million" from those sales.
So if the state government can't come up with any more taxpayer dollars for the nursing homes-DHS has engaged in some poor-mouthing of its own -- the AHCA has suggested taxing the providers and using that money as Medicaid match.
Wattenburg takes a few potshots at "scare-mongering" environmentalists and "poor-mouthing" liberals, but his real target is the media.