Definition of not have a penny to bless oneself with in English:

not have a penny to bless oneself with

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  • Be completely impoverished.

    • ‘His name was Joseph Jowett, and he had scarcely a penny to bless himself with.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I don't have a penny to bless myself with right now... so I'm asking blighters to step up to the plate.’
    • ‘After I got out of jail without a penny to bless myself with, as they say there, one of the girls took me under her wing, but the place she brought me turned out to be - surprise surprise - a whorehouse.’
    • ‘Back at teachers’ college, when I was just discovering the wonderful world of bows and arrows but barely had a penny to bless myself with, I managed to buy a cheap and nasty, and very old, Hoyt Spectra 3000 compound bow’
    • ‘Dear Aunt Fan was generous and feckless, a large woman with a heart of gold, never a penny to bless herself with or a feather to fly with.’