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earn a crust
To do work of any kind for a living; to earn money by some means. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but we've all got to earn a crust somehow.
earn (one's) crust
To do work of any kind for a living; to earn money by some means. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but I've got to earn my crust somehow. I hear Janet is earning her crust with an investment firm in Tokyo now.
earn an honest buck
To earn money in an honest, legal manner. Primarily heard in US. After 10 years working for the mob, Jeremy was ready to finally start earning an honest buck.
earn a living
To make money in order to support oneself financially. If you quit your job at the hospital, how on earth will you earn a living? Right now, I have to work three jobs just to earn a living.
earn (one's) wings
To prove one's merit and skill. I never thought much of Stu, but he really earned his wings this week with how well he handled the merger.
a penny saved is a penny earned
Every small amount helps to build one's savings (i.e. by saving a penny, you have one more penny). I'm trying not to spend much money right now because, you know what they say, a penny saved is a penny earned.
earn (one's) keep
To work or help in exchange for money or housing. If you're going to live here rent-free, then you need to earn your keep by helping out with the cooking and cleaning. That boarder earns his keep by doing maintenance in the building.
earn (one's) spurs
To prove one's skill in a particular area. Once you've watched the triplets for an entire day, then you'll have earned your spurs as a caretaker, as far as I'm concerned. After getting my bachelor's degree, I earned my spurs as a teacher by working in underfunded urban schools.
earn (one's) stripes
To prove that one is deserving of a particular position or designation. I told the recruiter that I earned my stripes as a teacher before moving into administration.
earn brownie points
To elicit praise. I think I'll earn some brownie points with my mom if I set the table for Thanksgiving dinner.
earn one's keep
to help out with chores in return for food and a place to live; to earn one's pay by doing what is expected. I earn my keep at college by shoveling snow in the winter. Tom hardly earns his keep around here. He should be fired.
earn one's spurs
Fig. to prove oneself. After that rodeo, all the cowboys agreed that Sally had earned her spurs. He felt that he had earned his spurs when he received his Ph.D.
penny saved is a penny earned
Prov. Money that you save is more valuable than money that you spend right away.; It is good to save money. Now that you have your first job, you ought to open a savings account. A penny saved is a penny earned. Mary worked hard to save money; she knew that a penny saved is a penny earned.
earn one's keep
Also, be worth one's keep or salt . Work well enough to deserve what one is paid, as in Get a job-it's time you earned your keep, or With that batting average he's not worth his salt. The keep in this phrase refers to "room and board," which in former times sometimes constituted the only reward for working (on a farm, in a home, etc.). The salt stands for "salary" and alludes to the ancient Roman practice of paying soldiers an allowance to buy salt. [First half of 1800s]
earn one's stripes
Gain a position through hard work and accumulated experience. For example, She'd earned her stripes by serving for years as the governor's secretary and personal aide . This expression alludes to a military promotion or award, indicated by strips of chevron or braid added to the recipient's uniform and known as stripes since the early 1800s.
penny saved is a penny earned, a
What one does not spend, one will have. This maxim for thrift is so familiar that it often appears in shortened form, as in Although they can afford to buy a house right now, they're putting it off, on the principle of "a penny saved." It appeared in slightly different form in George Herbert's Outlandish Proverbs (1640). Whether or not it originally suggested that savings earn interest is not known.
earn your cornBRITISH
If someone earns their corn, they are successful and therefore justify the money that has been spent, for example on employing or training them. New striker, Steve Menzies, earned his corn with a last-minute goal. Managers earn their corn in these difficult circumstances.
earn a crustor
earn your crustBRITISH
If you earn a crust or earn your crust, you earn enough money to live on, especially by doing work you would prefer not to do. In his early days, he would do almost anything to earn a crust. You have to earn your crust somehow. Note: A crust means a piece of bread, especially a piece of the hard, outer part of the loaf.
earn its keep
If something earns its keep, it is worth the amount of money that it costs or the space that it takes up. In Bob's garden everything must earn its keep, with fruits and vegetables given priority over flowers. If you're short of storage space in your kitchen, whatever appliances you do have really need to earn their keep.
earn your spursor
win your spursmainly BRITISH
COMMON If you earn your spurs or win your spurs, you show you are capable of doing something well, and can be relied on to do it well in the future. How did he earn his spurs for the toughest police job in the country? Kampelman had won his spurs as U.S. negotiator at the Madrid talks. Note: In medieval times, when a man was made a knight, he was sometimes given a pair of golden spurs.
earn your stripes
If you earn your stripes, you gain enough experience to deserve a particular job or position. Mr. Thaddeus earned his stripes playing for such foreign bands as the London-based Pitiful Souls and Singapore's X-Periments. He has worked hard to earn his stripes as a skilled debater in the House of Assembly.
To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.