poor as a church mouse

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(as) poor as a church mouse

  1. (simile) Very poor to a point of starving or begging.
    • 2009, September 23, Mark Gould, Former heroin addict inspires growing optimism from the wild side, The Guardian,
      I'm poor as a church mouse, but I wake up a happy man.
    • 1932, April 9, Isidor Schneider, Hard Luck Of Poets, The New York Times,
      "As poor as a poet" would be quite as comprehensible as "as poor as a church mouse."
    • 2008, John Beatty, The Citizen-Soldier, page 17
      She was an Eastern Virginia woman, and, although poor as a church mouse, thought herself superior to West Virginia people.