poor-mouth

verb \ ˈpu̇r-ˌmau̇t͟h , ˈpȯr- , -ˌmau̇th \

Definition of poor-mouth

poor-mouthed; poor-mouthing; poor-mouths
: to plead poverty as a defense or excuse
: to speak disparagingly of

First Known Use of poor-mouth

circa 1930

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poor mouth

noun

Definition of poor mouth

: an exaggerated claim of poverty

First Known Use of poor mouth

1764

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