Definitions for hand-to-mouth

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. offering or providing the barest livelihood or sustenance; precarious:

    a hand-to-mouth existence.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand-to-mouth(a)(adverb)

    providing only bare essentials

    "a hand-to-mouth existence"

  2. hand to mouth(adverb)

    with barely enough money for immediate needs

    "they lived form hand to mouth"


  1. hand-to-mouth(Adjective)

    having barely enough to survive, being close to poverty

  2. Origin: from the idiomatic phrase live from hand to mouth


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