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live paycheck to paycheck

To spend all of the money one earns by or before the next time one is paid, thus saving none or very little in the process. Primarily heard in US. We're already living paycheck to paycheck, so I don't know how we'll manage this sudden increase in our rent.
See also: live, paycheck

above (one's) paycheck

Beyond one's level of authority or expertise. I would love to sign off on those documents for you, Jim, but that's above my paycheck. Gina can't decide if we get interns this summer or not—that's above her paycheck!
See also: above, paycheck
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226 has for many years required employers to give employees an itemized statement along with each paycheck that contains the basis for wage earnings and all deductions.
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