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English definition of “poverty line”

poverty line

noun [S] uk   us  
the official level of income that is needed to achieve a basic living standard with enough money for things such as food, clothing, and a place to live: In 1991 almost 36 million Americans were living below the poverty line.Poverty and poor
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