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Hand-to-mouth

What Does "Hand-to-mouth" Mean?

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"Hand-to-mouth" is an English idiom. It means "a description of a lifestyle or situation in which one barely has enough resources to cover basic needs, without any surplus or savings."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "hand-to-mouth" used in a sentence:
  • Despite working long hours, he found himself in a hand-to-mouth situation due to high living expenses and debts.
  • The organization provided assistance to families living in hand-to-mouth conditions, offering food, clothing, and shelter.
  • For some individuals, the transition from a hand-to-mouth existence to financial security can be a challenging journey.
meaning for hand-to-mouth

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Hand-to-mouth" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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