dirt-poor
adjective Date: 1937 suffering extreme poverty

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dirt-poor — dirtˈ poor adjective Utterly poor, destitute • • • Main Entry: ↑dirt * * * dirt poor «DURT PUR», adjective. very poor: »For all its glamor and greatness, ancient Greece was dirt poor (Life). * * * /ˈdɚtˈpuɚ/ adj informal : very poor : suffering… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dirt-poor — ☆ dirt poor [dʉrt′poor′ ] adj. extremely poor; destitute * * * dirt poor (dûrtʹpo͝orʹ) adj. Lacking most of the necessities of life. * * * …   Universalium

  • dirt-poor — ☆ dirt poor [dʉrt′poor′ ] adj. extremely poor; destitute …   English World dictionary

  • dirt poor — adj informal extremely poor …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dirt poor — adjective AMERICAN INFORMAL extremely poor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dirt poor — dirt′ poor′ adj. extremely impoverished • Etymology: 1935–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • dirt poor — adjective : lacking practically all the essentials of life or the resources for supporting life : destitute Rembrandt s last, dirt poor years Time Greece had been dirt poor for centuries Claire Sterling * * * lacking nearly all material means or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dirt-poor — also dirt poor ADJ A dirt poor person or place is extremely poor. ...a young boy growing up in dirt poor Louisiana …   English dictionary

  • dirt-poor — adjective Having, or being able to provide, very few of the basic needs of life; very poor. A few years ago it was a dirt poor outpost populated by rural migrants. A critical election for the best dressed man in Turkey , The Week, 4 August 2007,… …   Wiktionary

  • dirt-poor — informal extremely poor. Most of the population in this undeveloped area were dirt poor and jobless …   New idioms dictionary

  • dirt poor — see dirt poor …   English dictionary

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