双十一到了，经过剁手盛宴，“尾款人”们的钱包还好吗？是时候来学习一下如何用英语表达“贫穷”了。A global shopping festival ceremony is held in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, on Wednesday to celebrate the Nov 11 shopping extravaganza. [Photo by Li Zhenyu/For China Daily]
I'm a little strapped.
I'd love to go to dinner with you guys, but I'm a bit strapped for cash.
2 as poor as a church mouse
Although very rich in his youth, he is now as poor as a church mouse.
I'm as poor as a church mouse!
Balton went broke twice in his career.
4 run out of dough
I've run out of dough.
5 scrape by
Borrowing money from friends and relatives helped him to scrape by.
6 not have a bean
I don't have a bean.
7 hand to mouth
We lived from hand to mouth, never knowing where the next meal was coming from.
8 Keep body and soul together
I hate my job, but I have to keep body and soul together somehow.
9 make both ends meet
With five children in college, Steve still manages to make both ends meet.
My family were living below the poverty line when I was little.
The program was to help those poverty-stricken families.