North American & Irish • informal
- A person who claims to be poor in order to benefit from others: I am not crying the poor mouth but only telling it as it isMore example sentences
- In a thoughtful interview he once gave to this newspaper, one in which he offered a stirring denouncement of sectarianism, Ricksen played the poor mouth in claiming that: ‘I'm only human.’
- They've been crying the poor mouth ever since a raft of injuries from a round of club games consistently left them short of numbers in training and unable to complete the full programme that Morrison drew up after the Connacht final.
- The poor mouth of last year will pay political dividends.
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- 1 [with object] Talk disparagingly about: I used to poor-mouth corporate jets, but now that I’ve had the use of one I really appreciate itMore example sentences
- New Zealanders do not appreciate so-called New Zealand leaders getting up and poor-mouthing their nation overseas?
- In my view, there is nothing more treacherous than poor-mouthing one's country off shore to its material disadvantage.
- Colorado coach Gary Barnett poor-mouthed his team before the Big 12 championship game as well as Lou Holtz ever did.
- 2 [no object] Claim to be poor: (as adjective poor-mouthing) the poor-mouthing museum is not exactly eager to publicize this good fortuneMore example sentences
- Public accounting firms may poor-mouth, but ‘the audit practice is not a loss-leader,’ says Lynn Turner, chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- O Criomhthain figures as triumphantly heroic, while Bonaparte and his family are exaggeratedly pathetic and miserable, as the poor-mouthing of the title already suggests.
- In place of serious and measured lament, then, the book provokes more and more comedy at its promiscuous and preposterous poor-mouthing.
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