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rely on the kindness of strangers

A reference to the final words of Blanche DuBois, a character in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams: "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
1. To depend on the generosity and goodwill of those around us, especially those we don't know personally. Many of us these days choose or have to leave home in search of work. Without friends and family around us, we must rely on the kindness of strangers. When I was in my twenties, I used to travel the world with nothing but a backpack full of clothes, relying on the kindness of strangers to get by each day.
2. To depend on outside support or assistance, especially financially. As the company's long-term outlook worsens, they are having to rely more and more on the kindness of strangers to remain operational. Basing our country's economy on cross-border trade is a bit like relying on the kindness of strangers at times—it can dry up when economic issues hit on a global scale and other countries start spending less.
See also: kindness, of, on, rely, stranger
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