make a living by (doing something)(redirected from makes a living by)
make a living by (doing something)
To earn enough money from something or some pursuit that one is able to support oneself on that alone. I can't make a living by selling my art or anything, but I love doing it and the bit of extra income it provides is certainly appreciated. I never thought I'd make a living by sculpting my own pottery, but it's actually proven to be very lucrative.