Student or Learner
Let's have a look at this sentence:
Unfortunately, they had not been able to understand the programs yet, but
at least I was not $31000 the poorer.
It's about a person who bought a strange computer and now thinks that it was not in vain.
I can catch the tenor, but it is the first time I have met such a cunstruction.
I mean the second part of the sentence, of course.
Could somebody tell me where I can read anything about this?
Or maybe you can give me some more examples, or any other help.
"at least I was not xxxxx the poorer" - simply : "at least I did not spend all that money"; could also mean "at least I did not spend all that money for no reason/result".
It is a fairly common colloquial structure and idiom.