English version

hand-to-mouth

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhand-to-mouthˌhand-to-ˈmouth adjective  POORif you have a hand-to-mouth existence, you have just enough money and food to live
Examples from the Corpus
hand-to-mouthTherefore, in the bleak aftermath of war, he lived a hand-to-mouth existence in the less attractive areas of London.As always, this winter most labourers will live a hand-to-mouth existence until the grapes are ready for thinning in late August.Alice thought it sounded a hand-to-mouth existence.
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