Meaning of “poverty trap” in the English Dictionary

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"poverty trap" in British English

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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.

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

"the poverty trap" in Business English

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the poverty trapnoun [ S ]


the situation in which someone would be poorer or not much richer if they had a job, because they would no longer receive financial help from the government:

Union leaders believe the extra money could prevent the country's lowest paid workers falling back into the poverty trap.

(Definition of “the poverty trap” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)