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English definition of “poverty trap”

poverty trap

noun [S]     UK
a situation in which someone would be even poorer or not much richer if they had a job because financial help from the government would no longer be available : He's caught in the poverty trap and will only be five pounds a week better off if he accepts the job .Poverty and poor
(Definition of poverty trap noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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