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poverty trapnoun [S]

uk   us   UK
a ​situation in which someone would have ​even less ​money, or not much more ​money, if they were ​employed because ​financialhelp from the ​government would be ​reduced or not ​available: He's caught in the ​povertytrap and will only be five ​pounds a ​weekbetter off if he ​accepts the ​job.
(Definition of poverty trap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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