live hand to mouth

live hand to mouth

To be extremely poor, having only enough money to provide food and shelter each month. I had to live hand to mouth during most of college, since I could only get part-time jobs that paid minimum wage.
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live (from) ˌhand to ˈmouth

spend all the money you earn on basic needs such as food, without being able to save any money: There’s no way we can even think about travelling to Europe this year, as we are literally living from hand to mouth. ▶ ˌhand-to-ˈmouth adj.: a hand-to-mouth existence
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Additionally, people who live hand to mouth know too well that tomorrow is never guaranteed.
This put the livelihood of more than 12,000 families at stake and forced them to live hand to mouth.
The club may be little and live hand to mouth but it has produced top players, two of whom landed in the North East - Tony Green at Newcastle and Bernie Slaven at Middlesbrough.
Mike Kelly of accountants KPMG which did the research said: "Many are forced to live hand to mouth.
KPMG's Mike Kelly said: "The reality for many is that they are forced to live hand to mouth.
Mike Kelly, of KPMG, said: "The squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning many are forced to live hand to mouth.
Do you really want to live hand to mouth for the rest of your life or will you MAKE a stand against the Blues, Reds and Yellows who have no care for anyone save themselves?
Writer-director Meier succinctly conveys the divide between the holidaymakers up the mountain and the impoverished locals at the other end of the cable car, who live hand to mouth and steal to survive.
Mohammad Ibrahim, a daily wage earner in Hyderabad, expressed the agony of millions of families who live hand to mouth and would directly get affected by the sharp rise in diesel price.
He has said that Pakistani Labour is the most hardworking in the world, but unfortunately they earn enough to live hand to mouth.
Many families live hand to mouth but they never show it and who could blame them.
THAT British Airways give not a jot about their staff is perfectly obvious since they choose to pension off pilots early, sack air hostesses deemed to be past their sell-by date and are planning to force shift workers to live hand to mouth, doling out jobs at the airline's convenience.
Thanks to them, 500,000 people using food banks can't even live hand to mouth.
Writer-director Meier succinctly conveys the divide between the holidaymakers and the impoverished locals, who live hand to mouth and steal to survive.
She said: "People live hand to mouth and life is very difficult.