poor as a churchmouse
Having little or no wealth and few possessions, as in She's poor as a churchmouse, so you can't expect her to donate anything. The reason for this long-used simile is unclear, but most believe that, since churches are not known for storing food, a mouse inside one would fare poorly. It has survived such earlier phrases as poor as Job. [Second half of 1600s]
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If so, he has his silence -- on top of poor judgment -- to blame.
But most likely it was linked to the way priests identify with the poor in the face of government and criminal abuses.
What they actually mean by that is, you know, he actually knows some people that are poor.
Poor Squinty ran and tried to hide under the straw, for he knew the boy was talking about him.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
He did believe you, more or less, and what you said fell in with his own impressions—strange impressions that they were, poor man!Confidence|Henry James
Now-a-days it is the bankrupt who flouts, and his too confiding creditors who are jeered and laughed at.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
In withdrawing aside sorrow remaineth: and the substance of the poor is according to his heart.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The poor must look to the brightness of a future world for the consolation that they were denied in this.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock