poor mouth

noun Informal.
1.
a person who continually complains about a lack of money.
2.
a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.
Idioms
3.
cry poor mouth, to complain, especially habitually, about a lack of money. Also, talk a poor mouth.

Origin:
1815–25

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poor-mouth

[poor-mouth] Informal.
verb (used without object), poor-mouthed [poor-moutht, -mouthd] , poor-mouthing.
1.
to lament or argue that one is too poor; plead poverty.
verb (used with object), poor-mouthed [poor-moutht, -mouthd] , poor-mouthing.
2.
to declare (one's ability, power, position, etc.) to be inadequate or disappointing, sometimes as an intentional understatement; downplay: We know you're just poor-mouthing your skill at playing bridge—you're a good player.

Origin:
1965–70; Americanism; orig. in verb phrases put up a poor mouth, make a poor mouth

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poor mouth
 
n
1.  unjustified complaining, esp to excite sympathy: she always has the poor mouth
 
vb
2.  informal to speak of disparagingly; decry

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People talk in poor mouth fashion about the human race.
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