live from hand to mouth

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live from hand to mouth

Fig. to live in poor circumstances. When both my parents were out of work, we lived from hand to mouth. We lived from hand to mouth during the war. Things were very difficult.
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live from hand to mouth

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live hand-to-mouth

COMMON Someone who lives from hand to mouth or lives hand-to-mouth always struggles to afford the things they need. I have a wife and two children and we live from hand to mouth on what I earn. I just can't live hand-to-mouth, it's too frightening. Note: Hand-to-mouth is also used before nouns to describe a situation where someone struggles to afford what they need. Unloved and uncared-for, they live a meaningless hand-to-mouth existence.
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Mike Kelly, of KPMG, said: "With the cost of living still high, the squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning the reality for many is that they are forced to live hand-to-mouth.
In her research presentation, Kyvylcym also stated that 97 percent of Syrian women live hand-to-mouth and that others are left in the desperate position of having to prostitute themselves to earn money.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch continues to live hand-to-mouth, yet manages to eat well by landing plum assignments.
But in a televised interview in February, Morsi announced more reforms as well as the government's attempt to help those with low wages and those who live hand-to-mouth.
As the international community is taking a harder look at North Korea, I'm worried about the future of the country and its people,'' said a 32-year-old Korean worker at a clothing shop, while a 51-year-old South Korean resident of Japan lamented, saying, ''As people in North Korea barely live hand-to-mouth, what on earth are the country's leaders doing?
But, most crucially, far too many of them live hand-to-mouth lives blighted by too little money and too much stress.
Today, Western Christians are typically prosperous enough not to live hand-to-mouth.
For those of us who genuinely care about our fellow human beings, we need to show mercy and consideration when we are faced with those who live hand-to-mouth daily.
Because Amal was an asylum seeker, she was banned from working and had to live hand-to-mouth.
While life in Russia has begun to improve under President Vladimir Putin, inflation and high unemployment rates mean that many Russians still live hand-to-mouth.
Companies can no longer live hand-to-mouth, quarter by quarter, just to satisfy the stock market.
Indeed, workers who live hand-to-mouth and need 100 percent of each paycheck for food and bills pay an income tax equal to 100 percent of their net worth.
With the cost of living still high, the squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning that the reality for many is that they are forced to live hand-to-mouth.