keep body and soul together

keep body and soul together

To survive, especially through very modest means. I had to ask my parents to loan me money because, thanks to those hospital bills, I don't even have enough to keep body and soul together.
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keep body and soul together

Fig. to manage to keep existing, especially when one has very little money. (Compare this with keep the wolf from the door.) We hardly had enough to keep body and soul together. I don't earn enough money to keep body and soul together.
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keep body and soul together

Stay alive, support life, as in He earns barely enough to keep body and soul together. This expression alludes to the belief that the soul gives life to the body, which therefore cannot survive without it. Today it most often is applied to earning a living. [Early 1700s]
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keep body and soul together

If you do something to keep body and soul together, you do it to earn enough money to buy the basic things that you need to live. 20-year-old Rafael says he's selling firewood to keep body and soul together. Note: You can also say that you hold body and soul together. For a while he held body and soul together by working as a migrant laborer.
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keep body and soul together

manage to stay alive, especially in difficult circumstances.
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keep body and ˈsoul together

(often humorous) manage to stay alive: I hardly earn enough to keep body and soul together.
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References in classic literature ?
Six shillings a week does not keep body and soul together very unitedly.
When they were leaving or when they came back from the holidays, the boys kissed her fat red cheek; and more than one, dismissed and unable to find another job, had got for nothing food to keep body and soul together.
I mean, do you enjoy waiting on tables and running around filling in at offices or whatever else you do to keep body and soul together down there?
This isn't a happy solution since $212 a month hardly is enough to keep body and soul together.