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"Stratford cries poor traditionally."
What 's the meaning of the one? Is "poor" a noun or an adjective here?
I did some research and I think this quote was originally taken from The Observer, but has been re-used in "Inside Meaning: Proficiency Reading Comprehension" by Swan.
"To cry poor" is far from being a set phrase in general use but I would guess the whole thing means something like "Stratford usually claims to be poor.".
" The local council does not contribute directly to the subsidy of the Roual Shakespeare Company (in Stratford). Stratford cries poor traditionally. Nevertheless every hotel in twn seems to be adding a new wing or cocktail lounge."
thanks a lot!
I doubt you'll find it in any reference books. You might find the phrases "to cry wolf" or "to cry foul". Neither are directly comparable but do have the same sort of meaning for "cry" where it means "claim".
I've heard other constructions of the type "cry +adjective" wherethe meaning is "claim + noun" (cry poor = claim poverty, cry sick = claim illness) in Indian English rather more than British English I think. Generally the tone is a slightly sceptical one; it implies the claim is not really believed.
I would see it as an adverb, but it is a sarcastic term that usually refers to a person or organization (a town in your example) that acts or claims to be poor but evidence shows otherwise.
Let's not forget "Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of war!"
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
Yes, thank you all sincerely!
And, because I heard it only yesterday, I'll mention "to cry off", to decline to do something that one had previously agreed to. "She was coming to the meeting but due to illness had to cry off at the last minute".
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