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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AND THOUGH HOW YOU EARN YOUR DAILY bread is more important than what you make, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett show that wages are critical, especially when bosses make 600 to 1,000 times as much as regular workers.
Godin believes that what you do to earn your daily bread is important, but if that's what it is all about, then insufficient.
The All-Stars flat out boogie from start to finish, a sweaty enterprise if you're on their turf, a world without air conditioning or indoor plumbing, but also a world where your hands earn your daily bread and your wits earn your ration of whiskey and perhaps some late night company.
It could be argued their experiences of real life, which means getting up at a regular time to earn your daily bread in some unexciting job, made them even more determined to escape and make it.