for a living

for a living

In order to earn one's primary income. Roy runs a deli for a living. And what do you do for a living, Julie?
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for a living

[of work] done to earn enough money to live. John paints houses for a living. What do you do for a living?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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