Meaning of “owe sb a living” in the English Dictionary

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"owe sb a living" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “owe sb a living” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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