One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an impoverished peasant farmer’
poor, poverty-stricken, penniless, penurious, destitute, indigent, impecunious, needy, pauperized, in distressed circumstances, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, in want, in need, down and out, on the breadline
bankrupt, ruined, insolvent, wiped out, cleaned out, broken, crippled, without a penny to one's name
informal broke, flat broke, stony broke, on one's uppers, strapped, strapped for cash, on one's beam ends, bust, hard up, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together, without a bean, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, on skid row
British informal skint, without a shot in one's locker
British rhyming slang boracic, boracic lint
North American informal stone broke, without a red cent
2‘the soil is impoverished’
weakened, exhausted, drained, sapped, diminished, depleted, enervated, sucked dry, used up, spent, played out
barren, unproductive, unfertile, arid, uncultivatable
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