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hand-to-mouth

[ hand-tuh-mouth ]
/ ˈhænd təˈmaʊθ /
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adjective
offering or providing the barest livelihood, sustenance, or support; meager; precarious: a hand-to-mouth existence.
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Origin of hand-to-mouth

First recorded in 1500–10
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British Dictionary definitions for hand-to-mouth

hand-to-mouth

adjective, adverb
with barely enough money or food to satisfy immediate needsa hand-to-mouth existence
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