Meaning of “hand-to-mouth” in the English Dictionary

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"hand-to-mouth" in British English

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hand-to-mouthadjective

uk /ˌhænd.təˈmaʊθ/ us /ˌhænd.təˈmaʊθ/

having only just enough money to live:

Low wages mean a hand-to-mouth existence for many people.

(Definition of “hand-to-mouth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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