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make (both) ends meet

To earn just enough money to pay one's bills. To make ends meet, Phil picked up a second job delivering pizzas. After the large income tax hike, many people suddenly found it difficult to make both ends meet.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make (both) ends meet

Fig. to earn and spend equal amounts of money. (Usually in reference to a meager living with little if any money after basic expenses.) I have to work at two jobs to make ends meet. Through better budgeting, I am learning to make both ends meet.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make ends meet

Manage so that one's financial means are enough for one's needs, as in On that salary Enid had trouble making ends meet. This expression originated as make both ends meet, a translation from the French joindre les deux bouts (by John Clarke, 1639). The ends, it is assumed, allude to the sum total of income and expenditures. However, naval surgeon and novelist Tobias Smollett had it as "make the two ends of the year meet" ( Roderick Random, 1748), thought to go back to the common practice of splicing rope ends together in order to cut shipboard expenses.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

make ends meet

COMMON If you find it difficult to make ends meet, you find it difficult to pay for the things you need in life, because you have very little money. Many people are struggling to make ends meet because wages are failing to keep pace with rising prices. He has trouble making ends meet because he can't find work and his government check is barely enough to cover the rent. Note: Originally, this expression was `make both ends of the year meet', which meant to spend only as much money as you received as income.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

make (both) ends meet

earn or have enough money to live on without getting into debt.
1996 Amitav Ghosh The Calcutta Chromosome Actually I think she's having trouble making ends meet, now that she's retired.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

make (both) ends ˈmeet

earn enough to pay your living expenses: Since I lost my job, I’m finding it harder to make ends meet.
See also: end, make, meet
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

make ends meet

To manage so that one's means are sufficient for one's needs.
See also: end, make, meet
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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If you would like to attend a free training course, or receive advice on making ends meet, contact Blyth Valley Housing participation team on (01670) 542093 or email participation@blythvalley.gov.uk
He got a leading part in that film, The Breakfast, and clinched the main role in Making Ends Meet, an RTE drama to be shown on July 5.
But REBNY also represents many residential apartment owners who are still having a hard time making ends meet, and the apartment owners group, the Rent Stabilization Association (RSA), lobbied hard to ensure its members' tax rates would not go up.
"Workers have struck and will strike again, as making ends meet is becoming impossible," says Chao-Tzang.
Making ends meet is so hard that Israelis typically moonlight in several jobs and live on overdrafts.
Instead, we get the Quayle version of "I was born in a log cabin that I helped my father build." Again and again, he depicts the Quayles as a hardscrabble family just barely making ends meet on his salary as a senator and Marilyn's earnings as a lawyer.
I'VE written at length about the difficulties some people have in making ends meet in January.
Working families know making ends meet is bloody difficult as she cuts living standards.
Our tale begins in New Orleans, where Samantha Montgomery, a caretaker for the elderly, was struggling to making ends meet. In her spare time, she nursed her dreams of becoming a professional singer, performing for crowds that were occasionally in the single digits; her prospects seemed to dim with each passing day.
Share Farming is one such opportunity; by enabling a farmer mature in years, who cannot afford to retire, to winddown without having to worry about making ends meet, share farming could be one way in which Welsh agriculture can encourage mobility within the industry.
"Making ends meet on a weekly, let alone monthly, basis is becoming an increasingly unwinnable task," he said.
In every area of town you will find makeshift restaurants that serve Iftar to whomever lives in the area and has a hard time making ends meet and to any stranger that happens to pass by.
Making ends meet is a precarious business for those on low incomes.
"Since the onset of the global economic downturn, they have seen their workload increase considerably as people have grappled with difficulties faced through job losses and generally in making ends meet. Staff and volunteers we have in Wrexham do sterling work.
Now both adults in most homes have to work just to have any hope of making ends meet and to pay hugely-hiked mortgage rates from the boom times.