make ends meet (to)

 Get by, be barely able to pay the bills.
 ► “Small service businesses and service-oriented retail outlets tend to be labor-intensive and not particularly profitable, so even though entrepreneurs imagine themselves hiring someone to do all the dirty work, they usually end up having to do it themselves to make ends meet.” (Working Woman, Oct. 1995, p. 49)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • make ends meet — make (both) ends meet to have just enough money to pay for the things that you need. My wages were so low that I had to take a second job just to make ends meet …   New idioms dictionary

  • make ends meet — If somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • make ends meet — phrasal : to live within one s income * * * make (both) ends meet earn enough money to live without getting into debt * * * make ends meet : to pay for the things that you need to live when you have little money We had a hard time making ends… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make ends meet —    If somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you find it difficult to pay for your everyday needs because you have very little money, it is hard for… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • make ends meet — {v. phr.} To have enough money to pay one s bills; earn what it costs to live. * /Both husband and wife had to work to make ends meet./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make ends meet — {v. phr.} To have enough money to pay one s bills; earn what it costs to live. * /Both husband and wife had to work to make ends meet./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make\ ends\ meet — v. phr. To have enough money to pay one s bills; earn what it costs to live. Both husband and wife had to work to make ends meet …   Словарь американских идиом

  • make ends meet — pay the bills, have enough to pay the expenses    Although the Millers are poor, they make ends meet …   English idioms

  • make ends meet — be able to live on the money one has It s hard to make ends meet on his salary …   Idioms and examples

  • make ends meet — to have enough money to pay for your basic expenses. To make ends meet, she runs a day care center out of her home …   New idioms dictionary

  • Make ends meet —   If somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn …   Dictionary of English idioms

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