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subsist on something

to exist on something; to stay alive on something. We can barely subsist on this amount of money. We need more! They are able to do no more than subsist on what Mrs. Harris is paid.
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subsist on

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To survive by using something as a source of food: The people of the war-torn region subsisted on bread, water, and cheese for several months.
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Becker named three possible interpretations of subsistit in: "to be realized in," "to subsist in the ontological sense of the Scholastics," and "to remain, to be perpetuated in," and he explained why neither of the first two would make good sense in the context.
So, if inclined, a visitor can park in the subterranean lot upon arrival, never climb behind the wheel again, and subsist quite comfortably.
For these things, which have descended by tajall--and even after their descent remain within the scope (iah) of the origin and subsist in its continuous presence--do not possess anything that the origin lacks.
Humans have been given more than enough to subsist and sustain each other, and those who think otherwise are wearing blinders.
The vast majority of the dead were poor people, those who subsist as small fishermen, those who live in ramshackle huts on or near the beaches, those who service the tourist industry for a paltry wage.
The book chronicles four friends living in Atlanta who subsist by sedating themselves with platinum-level shopping sprees in elite malls.
Among the accused were a wide range of bodily expressions of advanced holiness: some claimed not to ear at all or to subsist only on the communion host, others manifested mysterious illnesses; the women tended to renounce sex while some of the men appear to have sexually exploited their female followers.
Some are intellectuals selling books specifically about the black experience; others subsist by charging those vendors money to guard their spaces overnight.
The railroads also want to force travelling workers to subsist on a $35 per diem.
The report does not only analyze market trends and investment opportunities in South Africa's liquid fuels industry, but also underlying country and political risks, for instance, taxation discriminations, equity restrictions, operational restrictions, repatriation restrictions, exchanges controls, labor policies, among others - which may only subsist in South Africa's liquid fuels industry that is being earmarked as being key to the initial success of the South Africa's economy.
According to the firm, its background checks have discovered huge prospects subsist for the business in the West African country.
If his $250 fine were to be enforced, because of the sheer enormity of the violators, who mostly subsist at the poverty level, it would only be construed as an attack on the poor by the left-wing media and it would clog the courts for years.
What few "friends" we do have subsist in their sovereign attachment to our apron strings by virtue of our foreign aid largesse.
Given that some bacteria feed off of methane, its formation below Earth's surface could help explain how microorganisms subsist in extreme environments.
Millions of elderly people in this country are forced to live on a state pension on which they can barely subsist.