Definition of from hand to mouth in English:

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(from) hand to mouth

Satisfying only one’s immediate needs because of lack of money for future plans and investments: they were flat broke and living hand to mouth [as adjective]: 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.
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