for a living

for a living

[of work] done to earn enough money to live. John paints houses for a living. What do you do for a living?
See also: living
References in classic literature ?
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
We don't mind for ourselves," said her aunt, stroking the little girl's head tenderly; "but we love you as if you were our own child, and we are heart-broken to think that you must also endure poverty, and work for a living before you have grown big and strong.
What were you doing for a living before you came here?