earn (one's) daily bread

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earn (one's) daily bread

To do work of any kind for a living; to earn money by some means. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but I've got to earn my daily bread somehow. I hear Janet is earning her daily bread with an investment firm in Tokyo now.
See also: bread, daily, earn
References in classic literature ?
It was perceived, too, that while Hester never put forward even the humblest title to share in the world's privileges -- further than to breathe the common air and earn daily bread for little Pearl and herself by the faithful labour of her hands -- she was quick to acknowledge her sisterhood with the race of man whenever benefits were to be conferred.
One Rasool Khan whose was completely destroyed in the recent heavy rains told media persons that some two weeks back the heavy rain in the area destroyed his house and survey team visited his house and included his house for the relief package but still he not received the relief package and he was compel to do laboring works to earn daily bread for his family.
They added that thousand of Bara residents were limited to their houses because of jeep race in the area and most of the people were not able to earn daily bread for their because of curfew to provide security to the said race.
He added that without accountability democracy has no value because democracy means equal rights to everyone and if the elite enjoying the corruption without any fear of the law and the poor were suffering to earn daily bread for their family then what was the meaning of such democracy in the country.