hand-to-mouth


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hand-to-mouth

(hănd′tə-mouth′)
adj.
Having or providing only the bare essentials: a hand-to-mouth existence.

hand to mouth adv.

hand-to-mouth

adj, adv
with barely enough money or food to satisfy immediate needs: a hand-to-mouth existence.

hand′-to-mouth′



adj.
offering or providing the barest livelihood or sustenance; precarious: a hand-to-mouth existence.
[1500–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hand-to-mouth - providing only bare essentials; "a hand-to-mouth existence"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"

hand-to-mouth

adjective insecure, uncertain, unsettled, unsure, precarious They live a meaningless hand-to-mouth-existence.
adverb in poverty, precariously, uncertainly, by necessity, on the breadline (informal), insecurely, improvidently I just can't live hand-to-mouth, it's too frightening.
Translations

hand-to-mouth

[ˈhændtəˈmaʊθ]
A. ADJ [existence] → precario
B. ADV to live hand-to-mouthvivir precariamente

hand-to-mouth

[ˌhændtəˈmaʊθ] adj (existence) → precario/a
References in classic literature ?
It showed an eagerness for adventure, a readiness for the hand-to-mouth, which the care she took of her home and her love of good housewifery made not a little remarkable.
Sir Robert Walpole, ruling the country with unscrupulous absolutism, had now put an end to the employment of literary men in public life, and though Johnson's poem 'London,' a satire on the city written in imitation of the Roman poet Juvenal and published in 1738, attracted much attention, he could do no better for a time than to become one of that undistinguished herd of hand-to-mouth and nearly starving Grub Street writers whom Pope was so contemptuously abusing and who chiefly depended on the despotic patronage of magazine publishers.
Billy had failed to get regular employment; so she saw much of him, and they lived a prosperous and happy hand-to-mouth existence in the tiny cottage they rented.
The Inhaler is the only nicotine replacement product designed to help control a smoker's cravings for cigarettes while providing a key behavioral component of smoking, the hand-to-mouth ritual.
Levels of pesticide metabolites in urine rose as the children passed 6 months, likely because their activity levels--especially hand-to-mouth behavior--increased as they grew older.
Allowing his dog to lick his face or open wounds is especially dangerous and so is hand-to-eye or hand-to-mouth contact.
Researchers found many adults are living hand-to-mouth, without keeping anything aside for emergencies.
If the dust and soil lead terms are forced out of the model, paint lead becomes the most significant predictor, which is consistent with the now well-known pathway of paint to settled house dust and bare soil, to children's hands, to ingestion through hand-to-mouth contact.
It was a hand-to-mouth existence, and school was for someone else's kids.
Children are also at heightened risk for lead exposure because they engage in more hand-to-mouth activity and absorb a larger proportion of ingested lead across the intestinal epithelium than do adults.
But he has genuine concern for the man, too, and as Mitchell grows to suspect that Gould harbors a secret more dire than his hand-to-mouth existence, the writer's own deceptively stable life - loving photographer wife (Hope Davis), two bright little girls, orderly apartment - looks more and more like a cover-up for something, too.
It was how in Freddy Krueger's name did a bunch of East End residents who are supposedly living hand-to-mouth manage to afford such lavish costumes for Halloween?