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live on sth

phrasal verb with live uk   us   /lɪv/ verb
  • (MONEY)

B2 If you ​live on an ​amount of ​money, that is the ​money that you use to ​buy the things that you need: We ​lived on very little when we first got ​married.

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  • (FOOD)

B2 to only ​eat a ​particulartype of ​food: I more or less ​live on ​pasta.

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(Definition of live on sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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live on sth

phrasal verb with live uk   us   /lɪv/ verb
if you ​live on an ​amount of ​money, that is the ​money that you use to ​buy the things that you need: Nearly 5 million of Morocco's 33 million ​peoplelive on less than $2 a day, according to the World Bank.live on a budget/a low income/a fixed income etc. Many ​retiredpeopleliving on ​fixedincomes need to ​estimate what the ​purchasingpower of ​money will be over ​longperiods in the future.
(Definition of live on sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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