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    as poor as poor can be

    Hello,
    I've heard this expression in a sentence similar to the one below

    My father was born in Perý as poor as poor can be

    What does it exactly mean? Does it have a particular meaning or is it just a way to stress that he was really poor?

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    Re: as poor as poor can be

    Hello,
    I think it means he was extremely poor.

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    #3

    Re: as poor as poor can be

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Hello,
    I've heard this expression in a sentence similar to the one below

    My father was born in Perý as poor as poor can be

    What does it exactly mean? Does it have a particular meaning or is it just a way to stress that he was really poor?
    'As poor as poor can be' means you are definitely at the lowest end of the money chain! It doesn't get much worse!

    Cheers,
    Amigos4


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    Re: as poor as poor can be

    Thank you.
    Does it sound like a formal expression?

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    #5

    Re: as poor as poor can be

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Thank you.
    Does it sound like a formal expression?
    Definitely not formal! It is commonly used in the US.

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    Re: as poor as poor can be

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Definitely not formal! It is commonly used in the US.

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    Thank you very much. I think I was misled by the strange construction. As poor as the poor can be would make more sense to me

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    #7

    Re: as poor as poor can be

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Thank you very much. I think I was misled by the strange construction. As poor as the poor can be would make more sense to me
    Nice point! However, I'm confident that there are hierarchical levels of poverty among 'the poor.' When you are 'as poor as poor can be' you've definitely hit the bottom!

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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