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make ends meet

Definition of make ends meet

  1. :  to pay for the things that one needs to live :  to pay one's bills <We had a hard time making ends meet on our meager salaries.>



Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

endplay ends
  1. :  the part of an area that lies at the boundary

    :  a point that marks the extent of something

    :  the point where something ceases to exist

  1. :  to bring to an end

    :  destroy

    :  to make up the end of

  1. :  final, ultimate

  1. :  to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

meetplay
  1. :  to come into the presence of :  find

    :  to come together with especially at a particular time or place

    :  to come into contact or conjunction with :  join

  1. :  the act of assembling for a hunt or for competitive sports

    :  a competition in which individuals match skills

  1. :  precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance :  very proper


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