hand-to-mouth

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Etymology[edit]

from the idiomatic phrase “live from hand to mouth”

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hand-to-mouth

  1. having barely enough to survive, being close to poverty
    • 1879: Henry James, Eugene Pickering
      She has been a widow these six or eight years, and has lived, I imagine, in rather a hand-to-mouth fashion.

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