Meaning of “dirt poor” in the English Dictionary

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dirt pooradjective

uk /ˌdɜːt ˈpɔːr/ us /ˌdɝːt ˈpʊr/ US

very poor:

In the tiny town where I grew up, my family and most of our neighbors were dirt poor.

(Definition of “dirt poor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)