enough to keep body and soul together

enough to keep body and soul together

A small amount that is just enough of something to allow one to survive. I had to ask my parents to loan me money because, thanks to those hospital bills, I don't even have enough to keep body and soul together. Can't we give them more food? This is only enough to keep body and soul together.
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enough to keep body and soul together

Fig. very little; only enough to survive. (Usually refers to money.) When he worked for the library, Marshall only made enough to keep body and soul together. Maria's savings were just enough to keep body and soul together while she looked for another job.
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If he bothered to read the book, he would see that Oliver Twist asked for more because what he and the other boys were given was not enough to keep body and soul together, while those in charge were creaming off the surplus for themselves.
This isn't a happy solution since $212 a month hardly is enough to keep body and soul together.