from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mouse supposed to live in a church, where there is nothing for it to eat; hence the proverbial saying, “poor as a church-mouse.”


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  • Throughout the entire journey, Im church-mouse quiet, not sharing even one noun, verb, or adjective with him.

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  • Some Texas schools are considering passing up on a front-row seat in a democracy lesson during the March 4 primary to keep their campuses visitor-free and church-mouse quiet during the opening day of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

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  • A time when as church-mouse poor college students we would splurge and spend a couple of early Saturday morning hours at Kate's Kitchen.

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  • But what he thought he'd find at a church-mouse poor downtown parish is beyond me.

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  • She seemed to be as poor as a church-mouse, too, from the state of her clothing.

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  • Tom was as poor as a church-mouse, and had nothing on earth to look to except the fruits of his professional industry, which, judging from all appearances, would be a long time indeed in ripening.

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  • A little church-mouse ran along the rail, and stopped a moment at the baptismal basin, but, finding no water left by careless sexton there, it continued its journey up the pulpit-stairs, and I saw the hungry little thing go gnawing at the corner of the Book wherein is the Bread of Life.

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  • He might be as rich as Midas, or as poor as a church-mouse.

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  • So the stupid old soul remained as poor as a church-mouse.

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  • 'Even if he were poorer than a church-mouse I'd marry him.'

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