the have-nots

plural noun

: people who have little money and few possessions : poor people
usually used in the phrase the haves and the have-nots
the gap between the haves and the have-nots

Examples of the have-nots in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The money from these contracts goes back to the schools in the conferences, and can contribute to a growing gap between the haves and the have-nots. Katie McInerney,, 1 Mar. 2023

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“The have-nots.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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