live hand to mouth

live (from) hand to mouth

to have just enough money to live on and nothing extra My father earned very little and there were four of us kids so we lived from hand to mouth.
See also: hand, live, mouth
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Simon Jones, a senior partner at KPMG in Cardiff, said: "With the cost of living still high, the squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning that the reality for many in Wales is that they are forced to live hand to mouth.
KPMG's Mike Kelly said: "The reality for many is that they are forced to live hand to mouth.
Mike Kelly of accountants KPMG which did the research said: "Many are forced to live hand to mouth.
I know way too many people who live hand to mouth at 50 due to excessive spending at 30.
Do you really want to live hand to mouth for the rest of your life or will you MAKE a stand against the Blues, Reds and Yellows who have no care for anyone save themselves?
Writer-director Meier succinctly conveys the divide between the holidaymakers up the mountain and the impoverished locals at the other end of the cable car, who live hand to mouth and steal to survive.
Writer-director Meier succinctly conveys the divide between the holidaymakers and the impoverished locals, who live hand to mouth and steal to survive.
Mohammad Ibrahim, a daily wage earner in Hyderabad, expressed the agony of millions of families who live hand to mouth and would directly get affected by the sharp rise in diesel price.
He has said that Pakistani Labour is the most hardworking in the world, but unfortunately they earn enough to live hand to mouth.
It's probably for the best that I have to live hand to mouth.
Many families live hand to mouth but they never show it and who could blame them.
THAT British Airways give not a jot about their staff is perfectly obvious since they choose to pension off pilots early, sack air hostesses deemed to be past their sell-by date and are planning to force shift workers to live hand to mouth, doling out jobs at the airline's convenience.
You may have to live hand to mouth, if you don't have an alternate source of income.
Mike Kelly, of KPMG, said: "The squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning many are forced to live hand to mouth.
Thanks to them, 500,000 people using food banks can't even live hand to mouth.