Tommy Tucker, the neighborhood sucker

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Meaning

“Little Tommy Tucker” is a nursery rhyme that orphans would sing in an orphanage. The orphans were often reduced to begging or ‘singing for their supper’ because they were begging for food and had no food. The neighborhood sucker refers to somebody who is being begged to by a little orphan who pretty much has no choice but to give the child some food or some coins. The nursery rhyme went like:

Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper,
What shall we give him? Brown bread and butter.
How shall he cut it without a knife?
How shall he marry without a wife?

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