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English definition of “owe sb a living”

owe sb a living

informal
If you say that someone thinks that people owe him or her a living, you mean that that person thinks that he or she deserves to be paid without having to work hard for it: He seems to think the world owes him a living. No one owes you a living.Duty, obligation and responsibility
(Definition of owe sb a living from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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