live on very little money My friend has been living from hand to mouth since he lost his job.
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v. phr. To live on little money and spend it as fast as it comes in; live without saving for the future; have just enough. Mr. Johnson got very little pay, and the family lived from hand to mouth when he had no job.These Indians live from hand to mouth on berries, nuts, and roots.