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dirt poor

noun
1.
lacking nearly all material means or resources for living.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
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Examples from the web for dirt poor
  • Thirty or forty years ago there was a veneer of a few rich people on top of a population that was predominantly dirt poor.
  • He's dirt poor and wants to lift his family out of the projects.
  • She had come from a village, dirt poor and with nowhere to live.
  • Residents in these infertile scrublands remain dirt poor and dependent on income from emigrant relatives.
  • Years ago this used to be a seriously dirt poor area.
  • If its export sector will not rebound, it will revert to being dirt poor.
  • He said, even if somebody is dirt poor, they are insisting that their kids are getting the best education.

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