One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘2.5 tons of dried milk was supplied to necessitous mothers’
needy, in need, poor, badly off, hard up, short of money, disadvantaged, underprivileged, unable to make ends meet, needful, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, impoverished, poverty-stricken, penurious, penniless, impecunious, destitute, indigent, on one's beam-ends, as poor as a church mouse
British on the breadline, without a penny to one's name
informal on one's uppers
British informal without two pennies to rub together, without two farthings to rub together, without two brass farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
rare pauperized, beggared
wealthy, rich, well off
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