hand-to-mouth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

from hand +‎ mouth

Adjective[edit]

hand-to-mouth

  1. Involving immediate consumption (especially of food) with no provision for the future; 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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Adverb[edit]

hand-to-mouth (not comparable)

  1. In a manner that meets one's immediate needs, with no provision for the future

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