mouth to feed

mouth to feed

A person, usually a child, for whose care one is responsible. The last thing I need is another mouth to feed. I can barely take care of myself!
See also: feed, mouth
References in classic literature ?
Babies were unwelcome, the man received them with surly anger, the mother with despair; it was one more mouth to feed, and there was little enough wherewith to feed those already there.
For a week or two after Wendy came it was doubtful whether they would be able to keep her, as she was another mouth to feed. Mr.
It would be very easy to ruin me; we must be very careful; more saving than ever, with another mouth to feed. Only we--we mustn't let her lose her good looks, Peg, because I like to see 'em.'
It presented a gloomy picture of prevalent attitudes that continue to devalue girls, seeing them as a burden on the family, or just another mouth to feed. In the report, Edhi Foundation stated that 90pc of the children who are left at their homes are girls.
And they freely admit accepting the payment is simply unaffordable for most, particularly with a new mouth to feed.
Jane, a mother-ofthree from Golcar, said Laura had been keen to help with the rescue effort but without specific skills "thought she was just another mouth to feed".
1 Is MigrationWatch relieved that Tian Tian, the Edinburgh Zoo panda, lost its baby as it's one less foreign mouth to feed? 2 The Plymouth lollipop man who quit after being censured for high fiving kids.
With a third mouth to feed, Sadie has to take over her mother's new cleaning job.
It's what's got to be done; I'm the last mouth to feed.
I've got another mouth to feed now, so I've got to start fighting regularly and winning.
My understanding of love in this context would be to change a policy of contraceptive denial, which is both irrelevant and dangerous to your flock, and instead give them permission to express their love for each other without producing yet another mouth to feed.
But when Robin and her pups also came into the centre, we thought we would see if she would accept an extra mouth to feed, and were thrilled that she welcomed Ivy without hesitation.
Jack's not too happy either to have another mouth to feed. Amy goes along with Ste's plan to tell everyone Leah has leukaemia, but it doesn't work.
Young Rudy leaves home in search of work, or at least hoping to give his family one fewer mouth to feed. He rides the rails as a hobo puts in backbreaking effort, and finds that the kindness of strangers goes a long way.
Mothers and children are often the most vulnerable, as many husbands and fathers abandon their family responsibilities when the going gets really tough (for example, when there is another mouth to feed).