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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hand-to-mouth

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



adj.
offering or providing the barest livelihood or sustenance; precarious: a hand-to-mouth existence.
[1500–10]
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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"
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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.
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Translations

hand-to-mouth

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

[ˌhændtəˈmaʊθ] adj (existence) → precario/a
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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.
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.
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.
The VAT exemptions intend to reduce the cost of education for low-income families and to give them 'a real chance to escape the spiral of hand-to-mouth existence,' Marcos explained.
We have been living hand-to-mouth ever since we signed up to your very questionable venture.
As the impact created by the idea would remain confined to one that would generate hand-to-mouth income, which might eradicate poverty, but it would do less in improving the indicators of economic growth.
Belonging to a hand-to-mouth family, thirty-year-old Fazal Rehman has been bedridden since he had critically injured a road accident on highway in 2016.
Parents will also send their children to expensive schools only for the sake of making them speak in English, even if they have to live hand-to-mouth after paying such high fees.
'We are living hand-to-mouth, for I cannot earn bread for my family and my wife is sewing clothes for our bread and butter,' he lamented.
THE recent resignation of Thomas Piquemal, the financial director of French energy company EDF, because he believes the proposed new Hinkley Point nuclear power station will bankrupt the company, is yet another nail in the coffin of the UK government's anti-renewables short-term hand-to-mouth socalled energy policy.
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?
What's left is funneled into Eden, a powerful city under a protective dome where residents feast on fresh foods and enjoy a life of luxury while citizens of the Badlands struggle and live hand-to-mouth. Tess herself was born an Edinite, but when her mother dies she rebels against this inequality, joins a rebel group, and uncovers a government plot that tests her resolve and perceptions.