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Hand-to-mouth   /hænd-tu-maʊθ/   Listen
Hand-to-mouth

adjective
1.
Providing only bare essentials.






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"Hand-to-mouth" Quotes from Famous Books



... futility of their expectations of being able to resist the passing of measures which great interests support, and which are congenial to public opinion. There is, however, something discreditable in the conduct of Government, and which shows the compromising, half-cunning, hand-to-mouth way in which they are compelled to scramble on. Upon the ballot the 'Times' published a list of at least twenty members of the Government who stayed away, leaving the Tories to fight the Radicals ...
— The Greville Memoirs - A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, Vol. III • Charles C. F. Greville

... Practically speaking, cacao-planting should only be undertaken in this Colony by agriculturists who have spare capital and can afford to lose a crop one year to make up for it in the next. The venture pays handsomely in fortunate seasons, but it is not the line of planting to be taken up by hand-to-mouth colonists who must seek immediate returns, nor ...
— The Philippine Islands • John Foreman

... elevated to important posts at court; but quite resigned, in case of disappointment, to work as day-labourers in a sugar-plantation, or go to sea in a whaler, then in the harbour for wood and water. Disgusted with their desultory, hand-to-mouth existence, they yearned after respectability and a prime-ministership. To their sanguine anticipations, both of these seemed easy of attainment. Long Ghost, indeed, who, amongst his various accomplishments, was a very Orpheus upon the violin, insisted strongly ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847 • Various

... unto God, unto all the human kind, the degrading miseries of a hand-to-mouth existence, of the soul that pierces to the ...
— The Renascence of Hebrew Literature (1743-1885) • Nahum Slouschz

... things had been. He might tell her only what he wanted, only what would work upon her by the beauty of his appeal; and the result of the direct appeal of ANY beauty in him would be her helpless submission to his terms. All her temporary safety, her hand-to-mouth success, accordingly, was in his neither perceiving nor divining this, thanks to such means as she could take to prevent him; take, literally from hour to hour, during these days of more unbroken exposure. ...
— The Golden Bowl • Henry James



Words linked to "Hand-to-mouth" :   meagerly, stingy, scrimpy, meagre, meager



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