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dirt poor

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adjective
  1. lacking nearly all material means or resources for living.
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Origin of dirt poor

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for dirt-poor

dirt-poor

adjective
  1. mainly US extremely poor
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