live by/on (one's) wits

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live by/on (one's) wits

To survive or make a living through one's intellect and resourcefulness. When I lost everything, I had to live by my wits, and it made me a stronger, more savvy person.
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live by one's wits

Fig. to survive by being clever. When you're in the kind of business I'm in, you have to live by your wits. John was orphaned at the age of ten and grew up living by his wits.
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live by one's wits

Manage by clever expedience rather than hard work or wealth. For example, Alan's never held a steady job but manages to live by his wits. This expression uses wits in the sense of "keen mental faculties." [c. 1600]
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live by your wits

earn money by clever and sometimes dishonest means, having no regular occupation.
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live by/on your ˈwits

earn money by clever or sometimes dishonest means: Patrick did not go to college, as expected, but learned to live very successfully on his wits.
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In the end, though, in spite of the author's intention, it's not clear whether YAs would see Holly's homelessness and living by her wits as de-glamorized or glamorized.
young Ruthie, who has fought an uphill battle her whole life, living by her wits (and great smile) to overcome a harsh beginning, even snagging a spot on MTV's top-rated The Real World.
Sid Davidoff, a lawyer and former administrative assistant to New York City Mayor John Lindsay, agreed to take her case even though, he later recalled, she ``didn't have a dime, she was living by her wits.