Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “live (from) hand to mouth”

live (from) hand to mouth

to have just enough money to live on and nothing extra: My father earned very little and there were four kids, so we lived from hand to mouth.Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
(Definition of live (from) hand to mouth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Translations of “live (from) hand to mouth”

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More