Definition of from hand to mouth in English:

(from) hand to mouth

Satisfying only one’s immediate needs because of lack of money fo future plans and investments: they were flat broke and living hand to mouth [as modifier]: a hand-to-mouth existence
More example sentences
  • I'd rather live hand to mouth than get money for nothing.
  • Back in 1970, at the start of his four-year stint living hand to mouth as a translator in Paris, Auster had begun working on a difficult early novel, made all the more difficult for him because it relied on a female narrator.
  • The teachers now recognize that they face a very difficult decision: working alone in the U.S. and scraping some money together to wire home, or bringing over their families and living hand to mouth.
Synonyms
precariously, from day to day, not knowing where one's next meal is coming from, uncertainly, insecurely, in poverty, meagrely; improvidently; Britishon the breadline
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