poverty line

noun
a minimum income level used as an official standard for determining the proportion of a population living in poverty.
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Example sentences
Even when you add in programs such as food stamps, that figure is well below
  the poverty line.
If their income falls below a certain level-say, the poverty line-they pay
  nothing.
Most adjuncts still hover somewhere around the poverty line.
It is possible to complain about the adequacy of this way of fixing the poverty
  line, but let's leave it alone.
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