live off (of) (one's) (own) hump

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live off (of) (one's) (own) hump

obsolete To be self-sufficient from one's own resources. An allusion to a camel, which stores a large deposit of fat in a hump on its back on which it can survive for days at a time. He decided to cut his children off from his money and let them live off their own humps for once. After high school, I gathered up all the money I'd been saving, moved out of my parents' house, and set out to live off of my hump for the first time in my life.
See also: hump, live, off