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hand to mouth, from

With only the bare essentials, existing precariously. For example, After she lost her job she was living from hand to mouth. This expression alludes to eating immediately whatever is at hand. [c. 1500]
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She is then found electrocuted in her bathtub in England, while David is shilling away his days in Prague, living from hand to mouth.
Too many schools live from hand to mouth because they have no budget certainty for the following year.
The players he left behind will find out in the next couple of days if the cheques from those shysters that pass for a board at Accies are going to bounce - and, as they have done in recent times, the club will continue to live from hand to mouth.
We'd be another one of those companies filing for bankruptcy or feeding from hand to mouth.
Annette Goode is a chubby, lonely, sweet-natured child living from hand to mouth with her loving, but struggling, parents in Florida.
by people) living from hand to mouth and from day to day.