keep body and soul together

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

to just be able to pay for the things that you need in order to live We can barely keep body and soul together on what he earns.
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

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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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.