Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Just Joined
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Aug 2017
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    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!

  2. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 28,564
    #2

    Re: Where does this phrase come from?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Click here.

    ***

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

  3. probus's Avatar
    Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 4,356
    #3

    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.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 66,896
    #4

    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.

  5. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
    Key Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 4,832
    #5

    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •