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"
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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. The boy, to my deep discomposure, was immensely in the right, was in a position to say to me: "Either you clear up with my guardian the mystery of this interruption of my studies, or you cease to expect me to lead with you a life that's so unnatural for a boy." What was so unnatural for the particular boy I was concerned with was this sudden revelation of a consciousness and a plan.
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."
Best live a careless life from hand to mouth. This wedlock with thy mother fear not thou.
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. He will hold a card back for years in order to play it at the moment when the stake is best worth winning.
Month after month, the little Bell Company lived from hand to mouth. No salaries were paid in full.
Liaqat said that for the last few years he was working as Assitant Lineman and in his meager salary leading hand to mouth life and never thought of million of rupees but FBR inspite of nabbing the actual culprits was chasing him.