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Definition of hand-to-mouth adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

hand-to-mouth

 adjective
adjective
 
[usually before noun]
 
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  • if you have a hand-to-mouth existence, you spend all the money you earn on basic needs such as food and do not have anything left
  • Idioms
    live (from) hand to mouth
     
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    to spend all the money you earn on basic needs such as food without being able to save any money
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hand-to-mouth

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