• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Poor's-roll (Scots law) the list of poor persons who are litigants, but unable to pay the expenses of litigation, and therefore are allowed to sue in formâ pauperis
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. poure, povre (Fr. pauvre)—L. pauper, poor.


In literature:

Didn't they cut poor Regulus's eyelids off, and roll him down hill in a barrel full of nails?
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
Cecil had been stunned by a stroke from his horse's hoof as the poor beast fell beneath and rolled over him.
"Under Two Flags" by Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
Then the tears come rolling down from the poor scraper's eyes and the bow falls from his hand.
"Appreciations, with an Essay on Style" by Walter Horatio Pater
The poor Kalmouk's head rolled at the feet of the Commandant.
"Marie" by Alexander Pushkin
The poor creature simply took a leap out into space and landed on the talus below, down which it rolled to the water's edge.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Alexandre, who had a handkerchief rolled up, all ready, thrust it into the poor lady's mouth to stifle her cries.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
Then both fasten on the poor horse's haunches, and never let go till the sinews are cut and he is rolling on his side.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
But very often, after a day's idle rolling, we knew that the sea had claimed some boatload of our poor souls, and went on.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Then the tears come rolling down from the poor scraper's eyes and the bow falls from his hand.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Called to 104, Hugo's; great sorrow; baby died this morning; poor mother; talk about tears rolling down!
"Woman's Endurance" by A.D.L.

In poetry:

Both rich and poor, who serve not God,
But live in sin, averse to good,
Rejecting Christ's atoning blood,
Midst hellish shoals,
Shall welter in that fiery flood,
Which hissing rolls.
"Epistle To The Labouring Poor" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Napoleon's embargo
Is laid on all cargo
Which comfort or aid to King George may intend;
And since roll, twist and leaf,
Of all comforts is chief,
They try for to steal it from poor honest men!
"Poor Honest Men" by Rudyard Kipling
Beany went home, and I got sick and ran,
You old son of a bitch.
You better hurry down to Minnegan;
He's drunk or dying now, I don't know which,
Rolled in the roots and garbage like a fish,
The poor old man.
"A Note Left In Jimmy Leonard's Shack" by James Wright

In news:

Standard & Poor's called the proposal to roll over Greek debt tantamount to default.