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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.
See also: crust, earn

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.
See also: crust, earn

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.
See also: buck, earn, honest

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.
See also: earn, 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.
See also: earn, wing

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.
See also: earn, penny, save

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.
See also: earn, keep

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.
See also: earn, spur

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.
See also: earn, penny, save

earn your stripes

to do something to show that you deserve a particular rank or position She earned her stripes as a local reporter before becoming a foreign correspondent.
Etymology: based on the idea that soldiers wear stripes (strips of material sewn onto a uniform that show rank)
See also: earn, stripe

earn/get brownie points

  (informal)
to get praise or approval for something you have done I thought I might get some brownie points by helping to organize the party.
See also: brownie, earn, point

earn your stripes

to do something to show that you deserve a particular rank or position and have the skills needed for it She earned her stripes as a junior reporter before becoming education correspondent.
See earn brownie points, earn spurs
See also: earn, stripe

A penny saved is a penny earned.

something that you say which means it is wise to save money I'd advise anyone to put aside a proportion of their earnings - a penny saved is a penny earned.
See also: earn, penny, save

earn/win your spurs

to do something to show that you deserve a particular position and have the skills needed for it He won his political spurs fighting hospital closures during his time as a local councillor in Bristol.
See also: earn, spur

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]
See also: earn, keep

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.
See also: earn, stripe

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.
See also: penny, save

earn (one's)

spurs/stripes
To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.
References in classic literature ?
I'm sure I don't know exactly what you CAN do to earn money, but if your uncle and I are able to support you we will do it willingly, and send you to school.
My honest intention in writing that article was to earn ten dollars.
The sixty-five dollars I could earn regularly every month was a terrible temptation.
Before I finished my house, wishing to earn ten or twelve dollars by some honest and agreeable method, in order to meet my unusual expenses, I planted about two acres and a half of light and sandy soil near it chiefly with beans, but also a small part with potatoes, corn, peas, and turnips.
If you do not like going to school, why don't you at least learn a trade, so that you can earn an honest living?
A nonstop flight on an unrestricted ticket, for example, earns 60 points.
29) A husband who, while living apart from his wife, voluntarily pays her rent while she is temporarily unemployed, does not act as if he is solely entitled to the income at issue, even if he deposits all his earnings in a separate account and his wife does not know how much he earns.
The Los Angeles Unified School District's top lawyer now earns $225,000 - jumping 72 percent from what the general counsel earned in 1997 and bumping the deputy superintendents of instruction from the second-highest-paid post in the district.
According to Forbes magazine, actor Tom Hanks earns about $71 million a year, and writer Stephen King takes home about $65 million.
So, your investment earns a return based on the original amount you invested, and on any return already paid.
This means an executive who earns a base salary of $163,600 would, on average, receive a stock option grant of $440,084.
According to Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "Even though the EITC increases the marriage penalty for people at higher income levels, it greatly reduces it for a welfare mother with a live-in boyfriend who earns $10,000.
AFIP's Basic Certification earns four credits, Senior Certification earns an additional two credits and Master Certification earns an additional two credits, meaning a student can transfer a maximum of eight credits to Northwood from certifications by AFIP.
Envoy Class (C/D/J/Z fare classes) tickets earn 15,000 bonus miles, full coach (Y/B/N/U fare classes) earns 10,000 bonus miles, and discounted coach (K/Q/V/W fare classes) earns 5,000 bonus miles.
The determination involves whether the resident state at the time the individual earns the deferred compensation, has the authority to tax such income if, at the time of receipt, the individual resides in a different state.