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.
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For the first time those of us that do honest work in Nigeria have become empowered to earn our daily bread as opposed to being tied to the apron strings of bigwigs for paltry handouts.
You tell me, what else can we do to earn our daily bread?" said Adl, the lines on his tired face a testament to a life of anxiety.
"This road is considered to be a lifeline through which we earn our daily bread. All the vehicles including the buses used to pass through this road.
Most of us have to play in the French national league to earn our daily bread."
In the morning we give thanks for the return of our soul and drive to work among ringing mobile phones the nervous tones of hourly news, horns blowing like jazz along the road atonal to earn our daily bread as if this could be anywhere.