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live off (of) (someone or something)

1. To acquire or provide for one's needs by benefiting from or taking advantage of someone or something else. You can't just keep living off your brother—you need to get out there and find a job and a place of your own. I've been living off of my trust fund until I find a new job.
2. To survive by eating or drinking something, especially exclusively or very frequently. A species of insect lives off this weed, so if it is eliminated completely, the insects will die, too. I was so poor during college that I lived off of rice, beans, and pasta.
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live off (of) someone or something

to obtain one's living or means of survival from someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) You can't live off your uncle all your life! I manage to live off of my salary.
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live off

v.
1. To survive or provide for one's needs by benefiting from someone or something: I'm living off my savings until I find a job. It's shameful to live off your parents at your age!
2. To eat some type of food frequently or exclusively: In the winter, some animals live off collections of food that they gathered during the warmer months.
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live off

/on the fat of the land
To enjoy the best of everything; live in comfort or luxury.
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The plaintiffs argue AHRDS discriminates against Indian women living off reserve because agreements for program delivery were signed with "male-dominated Aboriginal organizations," and because less funding is being provided to organizations representing Aboriginal women than to groups representing Aboriginal men.
"It also comes as no surprise to me that somebody to do with an organisation that prides itself on Britishness is in fact living off the British people on Job Seeker's Allowance and that is why the fine is so low as to be ridiculous."
Of course, if society is prepared to tolerate such a family, including those who, like Harry, pictured, wish to play at being "boy soldiers" at taxpayers' expense or, even worse, use helicopters as a private taxi service, like Prince William did recently, society cannot condemn anyone pursuing the same lifestyle choice of living off the state.
She must be thrilled - and want to put two fingers up at the snipers who mocked her for living off Wayne's earnings.
SURVIVAL expert Steve Charlton, of High Spen, Gateshead, will hold a Forestry Commission bushcraft work-shop at Chopwell Wood on Sunday (March 19) on living off the land.
I was living off sips of ice water, morphine, Percocet, and Xanax.
Lyall Watson started his life in South Africa where he spent four of his summers with boyhood friends, "roughing it" in the wild and living off the land--an orderly, civilized counterpoise to the world of the Lord of the Flies.
OTTAWA -- Aboriginal people living off reserve are more likely to experience poor health than their non-aboriginal neighbours, Statistics Canada reports.
PEOPLE are being urged to "run for remembrance" in Nuneaton - to help war veterans reduced to begging and living off the streets.
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If they had any talent they wouldn't be living off someone else's.
Having found yet another loop in the system, Laurette remains fanatically true to living off the perpetual motion of contemporary capitalism, be it generated by the object or the image.
Californians are still living off the social capital accumulated during those years.
The Reform Council report didn't start the dreaded privatization process, but Amtrak, and interest groups earning a living off it, still denounced its findings.
"He's living off his dad's name and his dad is living off what he did 25 years ago.
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