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Hand-to-mouth   /hænd-tu-maʊθ/   Listen
Hand-to-mouth

adjective
1.
Providing only bare essentials.






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"Hand-to-mouth" Quotes from Famous Books



... to talk of our own prospects, which were certainly obscure if not alarming; but he soon gave up speculation as futile, and grew reminiscent, recalling our first acquaintance as discharged soldiers from the African battalions, our hand-to-mouth existence as gentlemen farmers in Algiers, our bankruptcy and desperate struggle in Marseilles, first as dock-workmen, then as government horse-buyers for the cavalry, then as employes of the Hippodrome in Paris, where I finally ...
— The Maids of Paradise • Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

... while Noodle lived on just what he could find in the house, in a hand-to-mouth sort of way, till at last only the furniture and the four bare walls were ...
— The Field of Clover • Laurence Housman

... upon whom the harrow of this fall in prices and subsequent hand-to-mouth struggle with the banks pressed with unpleasant rigor. In business phraseology he was too much extended. Consequently, as the margins of value of the securities on which he had borrowed dropped away, he was kept on tenter-hooks as to the future. In ...
— Unleavened Bread • Robert Grant



Words linked to "Hand-to-mouth" :   meager, stingy, scrimpy, meagerly, meagre



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