keep the wolf from the door


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keep the wolf from the door

Fig. to maintain oneself at a minimal level; to keep from starving, freezing, etc. I don't make a lot of money, just enough to keep the wolf from the door. We have a small amount of money saved, hardly enough to keep the wolf from the door.
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keep the wolf from the door

Ward off starvation or financial ruin. For example, In many countries people are working simply to keep the wolf from the door, and owning a car or washing machine is just a dream , or Gail would take any job now, just to keep the wolf from the door. This term alludes to the wolf's fabled ravenousness. [Mid-1500s]
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keep the wolf from the door

Something which keeps the wolf from the door provides you with enough money to live on. He was doing two jobs just to keep the wolf from the door. Government pension provisions will keep the wolf from the door but they will not provide you with a comfortable old age. Note: For many centuries in the past, wolves were symbols of hunger.
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keep the wolf from the door

To avoid the privation and suffering resulting from a lack of money: Both spouses had to work in order to keep the wolf from the door.
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John Akehurst's father Reg was the king of the handicap plots in his time and while son may not follow father to the letter, he knows how to keep the wolf from the door.
More importantly pounds 10m Rangers DON'T get to keep the wolf from the door.
All the strength you had and more, To keep the wolf from the door.
AS the recession begins to bite, it is understandable that everyone is cutting back in order to keep the wolf from the door.
Meanwhile, Ray tries to keep the wolf from the door after Angela announces that she's selling the flat.
Lord Newborough added: "With the pressure on farming we have to look at other opportunities to keep the wolf from the door.
Bit of cockle-picking to keep the wolf from the door, then back to wherever it is they came from.
Go for the chef 's choice at lunchtime and the same family can keep the wolf from the door for around pounds 20 or less.
That will help keep the wolf from the door," said Keith Fairbrother, the Coventry chairman.
Don't worry too much about the future - perhaps take a part time job to keep the wolf from the door and relieve the tension by using this time to get out socially.
Nothing could demonstrate more how out of touch Tory MPs have become - PS66,000 a year is not enough to keep the wolf from the door.
PAUL McElhinney was scrubbing floors, washing dishes and pulling pints to keep the wolf from the door.
That should keep the wolf from the door, until we make the Icelanders pay up.
While many of us are now, thankfully, in work, there are still an awful lot of us buying the cheapest tins of beans we can find, dining on TV dinners and coming home to a plate of spaghetti hoops on toast on a regular basis to keep the wolf from the door.
Never mind pricey bottles of brightly coloured pickles and the like which look gorgeous but will hardly keep the wolf from the door.