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live off the land

To survive by eating what can be foraged, hunted, or grown in nature. Stranded in a remote part of the wilderness, we were forced to live off the land until a rescue team arrived. She had a burning desire to move out of the city and start living off the land on a tiny farm somewhere in the countryside.
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live off the land

to live by eating only the food that one produces from the land; to survive by gathering or stealing food, fruits, berries, eggs, etc., while traveling through the countryside. We lived off the land for a few years when we first started out farming. The homeless man wandered about, living off the land.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

live off the land (or the country)

live on whatever food you can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming.
1995 Empire Harrison Ford is the frazzled father who ups his family from cosy suburbia in an effort to live off the land, get back to nature, etc.
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live off the ˈland

eat whatever food you can grow, kill or find yourself: Having grown up on a farm, Jack was more used to living off the land than the rest of the group.
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