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.
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.
Austel explained that polio is spread in a hand-to-mouth fashion.
Therefore, oral ingestion of dislodgeable arsenic via hand-to-mouth contact appears to he an important exposure pathway, and we agree with the authors when they recommend that children wash their hands after playing in CCA-treated playgrounds.
She's tough-talking, from revelations about their hand-to-mouth existence, to turning a blind eye to his many affairs, not to mention his habit of fathering children left, right and centre.
The next 10 years were spent more or less hand-to-mouth, living on potatoes so they could afford lean meat for the cheetah while driving to assorted European gigs.
We did not monitor children's hand-to-mouth activity because this behavior has already been documented in the literature (Reed et al.
The club, formed in 1901, almost went out of business last season and have led a hand-to-mouth existence this term.
Despite the degradation of their hand-to-mouth existence, they have terrific fun with one another and share immensely tender moments.
The Nicotrol(R)/Nicorette(R) Inhaler is the only nicotine replacement product that is designed to help control a smoker's cravings for cigarettes while providing a key behavioral component of smoking -- the hand-to-mouth ritual.
The concentration of lead in children's blood peaks at about age 2 years and then declines as hand-to-mouth activity tends to drop off.
Mr Hargreaves, while you enjoy your new-found fortune, spare a thought for your workforce, who are living the hand-to-mouth existence you tried so hard to leave behind.
Riker's black-and-white film is broken into four vignettes - ``The Puppeteer,'' ``Bricks,'' ``Home'' and ``Seamstress'' - that tell differing aspects of the isolation and hand-to-mouth reality that awaits the wave of newcomers.