hand-to-mouth
[ hand-tuh-mouth ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
1748; English first used in 'hand-to-mouth existence'
Synonyms
  • meager
  • precariously
  • uncertain
  • from day to day
  • slim
  • scarce
Antonyms
  • abundant
  • ample
  • copious
  • plentiful
  • bountiful
  • secure
Definition
satisfying only one's immediate needs, because of lack of money with which to make provision for the future
Example
A) Jerry was raised living hand-to-mouth, which motivated him to become a successful businessman and provide well for his own family. B) We volunteer at the soup kitchen to help those with a hand-to-mouth existence.
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