You “earn” it by doing something a lot simpler than that—you earn it by being born.
Will it change the amount of money my LGBT peers and I can earn?
I believe that a man should earn wealth by honorable means, but unfortunately others do not.
The president should have said it would lead to a cut in overtime for Capitol Hill janitors, causing them to ... earn less pay.
Why was I at the Four Seasons, some might ask, when I should be humbly trying to earn more money by writing a blog?
May be it is; but how can you earn a thousand dollars a piece so easily?
All girls liked to earn the money by which, when they came home, they got husbands.
Certainly the commission did what it could to earn the thanks given.
And that is a much harder task than merely to earn one's own living.
Of course, if I had my bread and butter and cigars to earn, 'twould be different.
Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznojan (cf. Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), from *azna "labor" especially "field labor" (cf. Old Norse önn "work in the field"), from PIE *aznon "to do harvest work, serve" (cf. Old High German arnon "to reap"), denominative verb from *es-en- "harvest, fall" (cf. Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn").
Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.
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