One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he died in 1886, leaving the family in straitened circumstances’
impoverished, poverty-stricken, poor, destitute, penniless, on one's beam-ends, as poor as a church mouse, without a sou, dirt poor, in penury, penurious, impecunious, indigent, needy, needful, in need, in want, unable to make ends meet, down and out, necessitous, beggarly, moneyless, bankrupt, in reduced circumstances
British on the breadline, without a penny, without a penny to one's name
informal broke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers
British informal stony broke, skint, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together, in Queer Street
North American informal stone broke
rare pauperized, beggared
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