To make ends meet, physicians have had to increase the number of patients they see.
And customers at the lower end of the income skill are struggling to make ends meet, which pinches their discretionary spending.
In other words, the Baucus bill slams single moms in the midst of a recession, when many are scrounging to make ends meet.
Both the general public and economic elites have a lot of sympathy for janitors who are trying to make ends meet.
In the meantime, as Dom struggles to make ends meet without a job, his fellow Walmart workers still struggle as well.
Although they all three worked, they could only just make ends meet; there was never anything over for extras.
They pay me when they can and, so that I can make ends meet, I am well content.'
Fortune, however, soon changed, and for thirty years there was a continual struggle to make ends meet.
You know how—sometimes even to make ends meet, it is a pinch.
After all, something must bend if you are going to make ends meet.
Old English ende "end, conclusion, boundary, district, species, class," from Proto-Germanic *andja (cf. Old Frisian enda, Old Dutch ende, Dutch einde, Old Norse endir "end;" Old High German enti "top, forehead, end," German ende, Gothic andeis "end"), originally "the opposite side," from PIE *antjo "end, boundary," from root *ant- "opposite, in front of, before" (see ante).
Original sense of "outermost part" is obsolete except in phrase ends of the earth. Sense of "destruction, death" was in Old English. Meaning "division or quarter of a town" was in Old English. The end "the last straw, the limit" (in a disparaging sense) is from 1929.
The phrase end run is first attested 1902 in U.S. football; extended to military tactics in World War II; general figurative sense is from 1968. End time in reference to the end of the world is from 1917. To end it all "commit suicide" is attested by 1911. Be-all and end-all is from Shakespeare ("Macbeth" I.vii.5).
Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring onely to make both ends meet. [Thomas Fuller, "The History of the Worthies of England," 1662]
To earn enough income to provide for basic needs: “The workers complained that on their present wages they could hardly make ends meet, let alone enjoy any luxuries.”