Definition of mock-beggar in US English:

mock-beggar

noun

  • British informal. Something which serves to disappoint the hopes of beggars. Chiefly attributive and in the genitive: designating a house that has an appearance of wealth but is either deserted or has poor or miserly inhabitants; especially in "Mock-Beggar Hall".

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Breton (?1555–c1626), poet. From mock + beggar.

Pronunciation

mock-beggar

/ˈmɒkbɛɡə/