hand-to-mouth hand-to-mouth


  • (adj) providing only bare essentials


  1. In poor countries, living is so hand-to-mouth that there is scant time to think about the distant future.
  2. Their life, mainly on arduous tours, was hard and financially hand-to-mouth.
  3. Farming 30 years ago meant living hand-to-mouth, and when Wang mentioned on the phone that he and his sons were still farming, my dad decided to send some money as a New Years gift.


  • EU says Greek aid could be split into instalments

    MIKKELI, Finland/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece could get its next tranche of international aid in instalments, the EU's top economic official said on Friday, keeping the country in a hand-to-mouth existence ...
    on July 6, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance


  • "We are running on a threadbare, hand-to-mouth existence, and if the plight of these people in Darfur is as important to the international community as it seems to be, then we would have expected more long-term support," Mr Nabarro said.
    on Oct 15, 2004 By: David Nabarro Source: BBC News

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