mouth to feed

mouth to feed

A person, usually a child, for whose care one is responsible. The last thing I need is another mouth to feed. I can barely take care of myself!
See also: feed, mouth
References in classic literature ?
Babies were unwelcome, the man received them with surly anger, the mother with despair; it was one more mouth to feed, and there was little enough wherewith to feed those already there.
For a week or two after Wendy came it was doubtful whether they would be able to keep her, as she was another mouth to feed.
It would be very easy to ruin me; we must be very careful; more saving than ever, with another mouth to feed.
And they freely admit accepting the payment is simply unaffordable for most, particularly with a new mouth to feed.
With a third mouth to feed, Sadie has to take over her mother's new cleaning job.
It's what's got to be done; I'm the last mouth to feed.
I've got another mouth to feed now, so I've got to start fighting regularly and winning.
My understanding of love in this context would be to change a policy of contraceptive denial, which is both irrelevant and dangerous to your flock, and instead give them permission to express their love for each other without producing yet another mouth to feed.
But when Robin and her pups also came into the centre, we thought we would see if she would accept an extra mouth to feed, and were thrilled that she welcomed Ivy without hesitation.
Jack's not too happy either to have another mouth to feed.
Young Rudy leaves home in search of work, or at least hoping to give his family one fewer mouth to feed.
The FPB also questioned whether a skilled male worker earning an average pounds 300 to pounds 400 a week would really consider reducing his income to pounds 107 a week paternity leave just as he had an extra mouth to feed.
For instance, a priest could never violate the seal of confession even to save the whole world, and a poor mother of 10 children who would starve if there were another mouth to feed still could not choose to abort the one in her womb to spare them.
Or she could have been a mother who simply decided she could not manage with another mouth to feed.
Singles can take advantage of the fact that they only have one mouth to feed and one body to cloth and shelter.