hand-to-mouth


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hand-to-mouth

Having, providing, or characterized by the bare minimum of money, food, or resources to survive, with little or nothing else to spare. I enjoy being a college student, but I'm so sick of this hand-to-mouth lifestyle.
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Wealthy hand-to-mouth households are important because they have large consumption responses to transitory income shocks--a crucial determinant of the efficacy of many types of fiscal interventions, such as the fiscal stimulus payments that were implemented in the last two recessions.
This could be through hand-to-mouth behaviours such as eating oily food without washing your hands, or because the PBDEs are absorbed into the blood from the skin," she stated.
A group of struggling art students eke out a hand-to-mouth life, barely making enough to eat and pay the rent; when an innocent nineteen-year-old girl with exceptional talent joins them, a complex love triangle ensues
This indicates that after the hand-to-mouth management of its foundation years, the NBA is developing into a mature organisation with a sound financial structure.
These exposures can result from hand-to-mouth behavior and more time spent on the floors of their homes and in contact with soils.
One Thai processor said: "Fishing remains poor, but when the price reaches more than $1,000 per tonne, packers work on a hand-to-mouth basis and that invariably results in a price adjustment.
AN ENGINEER who spent 13 months in solitary confinement in a Saudi prison has revealed how he is living a hand-to-mouth existence on just pounds 50-a-week benefits.
He said: "I can assure you if you are on the bottom line you are living hand-to-mouth.
CPSC staff believes children are exposed to arsenic through hand-to-mouth contact when they touch the wood and place their hands in their mouths.
She has been called an archetypal bohemian, but her hand-to-mouth Greenwich Village existence during the Depression was not unusual, and she reacted to the situation as many did, by looking for socially responsible solutions--Marxism and communism among them--to the period's brutal and inequitable conditions.
Infants exploit their hand-to-mouth existence--whatever their hands grasp gets jammed into their mouths--to learn how to communicate with precisely timed words and gestures, according to other investigators.
Then you started the hand-to-mouth cycle all over again.
Since a child's body is still developing rapidly, the effects of lead poisoning can be particularly detrimental; a child's normal hand-to-mouth activity increases their risk of exposure.
Resembling a scene from Mad Max, Tent City has 50 homeless people struggling hand-to-mouth in the New Jersey woods - more people are joining the makeshift settlement every day.
Researchers found many adults are living hand-to-mouth, without keeping anything aside for emergencies.