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keep the wolf from the door

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Ward off starvation or financial ruin. For example, In many countries people are working simply to keep the wolf from the door, and owning a car or washing machine is just a dream, or Gail would take any job now, just to keep the wolf from the door. This term alludes to the wolf's fabled ravenousness. [Mid-1500s]

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
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