Living Hand to Mouth
Living Hand to Mouth : Phrases
To be poor, to have difficulty supporting yourself.
Most people who marry young start out living hand to mouth.
During the Great Depression and other times of economic scarcity, people often did not know when or where the next meal was coming from. In such a case, when you get something in your hand that can be eaten, it goes into the mouth immediately: ergo hand to mouth.
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