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    Red face as poor as a church mouse

    Hi every one,
    I'm an English tutor and my student asked me about the idiom "as poor as a church mouse". I know the meaning of the phrase but i couldn't tell him when the phrase first appeared and where it came from.
    Can somebody help me with this. I'd really appreciate your help!

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    Re: Where does this phrase come from?

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    Re: as poor as a church mouse

    I don't even think it is an idiom. I think it's plain English. Who can't guess that a church has little or no food for mice?

    And as far as where it is found in the forums, it is certainly not slang.

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    Re: as poor as a church mouse

    There wasn't much food in a church- mice in barns and houses would have more to feed on.

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    Re: as poor as a church mouse

    Quote Originally Posted by nhathoang123 View Post
    Hi every one,
    I'm an English tutor and my student asked me about the idiom "as poor as a church mouse". I know the meaning of the phrase but i couldn't tell him when the phrase first appeared and where it came from.
    Can somebody help me with this. I'd really appreciate your help!
    It's not an idiom. It's not slang. It's an expression.

    Tell him to Google the phrase followed by the word derivation.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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