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poverty trapnoun [S]

uk   /ˈpɒv.ə.ti ˌtræp/  us   /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬i ˌtræp/ UK
a situation in which someone would have even less money, or not much more money, if they were employed because financial help from the government would be reduced or not available: He's caught in the poverty trap and will only be five pounds a week better off if he accepts the job.
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