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.
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Adv.1.hand to mouth - with barely enough money for immediate needs; "they lived form hand to mouth"
References in classic literature ?
That his uncle should arrive to treat with me of these things was a solution that, strictly speaking, I ought now to have desired to bring on; but I could so little face the ugliness and the pain of it that I simply procrastinated and lived from hand to mouth.
He knew besides that the Athelnys lived from hand to mouth, and with their large family had neither space nor money to entertain a stranger.
Madame du Vallon left things in much disorder; I am not much of a hand at figures, so that I live almost from hand to mouth.
We live from hand to mouth, most of us, with a small family of immediate desires; we do little else than snatch a morsel to satisfy the hungry brood, rarely thinking of seed-corn or the next year's crop.
The winter went, and the spring came, and found them still living thus from hand to mouth, hanging on day by day, with literally not a month's wages between them and starvation.
At eighteen he would have dragged on from hand to mouth, from hour to hour, from penny to penny, until eighty.
No one knows where his grip may fall, for he is far too rich and far too cunning to work from hand to mouth.