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live within

1. To exist inside of an established boundary. Our tribe was forced to live within a tiny area miles away from our homes after the federal government claimed our land for their own. The international peace-keeping committee once again stressed that both countries were required to live within the borders agreed upon in the peace treaty.
2. To survive or subsist within a certain budget or range of available resources. No matter what sacrifices to my personal comfort I have to make, I always make sure I live within my paycheck each month—I refuse to be saddled down with credit card debt. We're living within a tighter budget than we were used to, but we're learning to cope with it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

live within something

 
1. to live within certain boundaries. Do you think you can live within your space, or are we going to argue over the use of square footage? Ted demanded again that Bill live within his assigned area.
2. to keep one's living costs within a certain amount, especially within one's budget, means, etc. Please try to live within your budget. You must learn to live within your take-home pay every month.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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By her conversation and instructions, Sophia was perfectly well bred, though perhaps she wanted a little of that ease in her behaviour which is to be acquired only by habit, and living within what is called the polite circle.
Under the confusion of names, it has been an easy task to transfer to a republic observations applicable to a democracy only; and among others, the observation that it can never be established but among a small number of people, living within a small compass of territory.
The miserable companion of thieves and ruffians, the fallen outcast of low haunts, the associate of the scourings of the jails and hulks, living within the shadow of the gallows itself,--even this degraded being felt too proud to betray a feeble gleam of the womanly feeling which she thought a weakness, but which alone connected her with that humanity, of which her wasting life had obliterated so many, many traces when a very child.
On speaking to the girl, it turned out that she knew of a medical man, living within ten minutes' walk of the cottage.
As for my face, the colour of it was really not so mulatto-like as one might expect from a man not at all careful of it, and living within nine or ten degrees of the equinox.
This is too true but our senses thus acquire a keen relish for the exquisite green of the spring, which the eyes of those living within the tropics, sated during the long year with the gorgeous productions of those glowing climates, can never experience.
"By the way, Mortimer," said I as we jolted along the rough road, "I suppose there are few people living within driving distance of this whom you do not know?"
ISLAMABAD -- Living within 300 metres of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth and life satisfaction, said a new study.
In 1913, politicians endeavored to extract Americans' money by legalizing an income tax, rather than living within their means.
He said since constant Indian shelling had divested most of the LoC residents of their livelihood, provision of national heath cards and Benazir Income Support Programme package to each family living within 5 kilometres radius was therefore imperative.
cities have residents living within their budgets, suggesting that higher education and greater income may be the most salient factors for living within your means.San Jose, Calif.
Living within structures still ravaged by institutional disparity, the image of the "rainbow nation" is belied by the lived experienced dutifully expounded in this first long-form work by an activist voice of contemporary change for black consciousness.
Despite living within 2.1 miles of all of the four preferences the family put down, Harry is 8th on the waiting list for Limpsfield and 11th for Hurst Green.
Also, people living within the vicinity where e-waste materials are burnt in the open may be at risk of developing cancer due to carcinogenic substances released into the atmosphere.
Living within school catchment is top of the many families these addresses at a Miguel The study suggests that the moves made by many of these families are temporary.