žít z ruky do huby

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Czech[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Literally: Live in a hand-to-mouth style. The proverb suggests you eat all the food that comes into your hands immediately.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ʒiːt zrukɪ do ɦubɪ]

Phrase[edit]

žít z ruky do huby

  1. live paycheck to paycheck, make just enough (money, etc.) to survive
    • 1996, Egon Bondy, Severin[1], Votobia, →ISBN:
      [] inflační finanční politika, jež přinutila prosté lidi žít z ruky do huby, protože ušetřit už nebylo na čem a nebylo také nač, se táhla po generace a vytvořila psychologickou atmosféru, kdy jít bojovat za Říši se nikomu z občanů nechtělo.
      [] inflation politics which forced common people to live paycheck to paycheck stretched along generations and created psychological atmosphere in which no citizens wanted to go fighting for the Reich.