Poor Mouth

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Poor Mouth

A slang term meaning to deny that one is rich. For example, a wealthy lawyer who visits a bar frequented primarily by blue collar workers may poor mouth herself by downplaying the success of her practice to other patrons.
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The largest is the Oregon Education Association, which cries poor-mouth every biennium.
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To poor-mouth, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is "to claim poverty as an excuse or defense."