earn a living

idiom

: to earn the money needed for food, clothing, etc.
She's just trying to earn a living.

Examples of earn a living in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Put-in-Bay, Ohio: When summer ends, the residents of this island on Lake Erie turn to the ice for fun and to earn a living. Patricia Mazzei James Jackman, New York Times, 8 July 2023 While guild members have a long list of proposals in play, one core demand is ability for writers to earn a living wage. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2023 Often, to seek out upward mobility, Black people have to cross boundaries, navigating mostly White spaces to get an education, earn a living, take out a loan, raise a child. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2023 In no small part because of that, Los Angeles became a place where immigrants and former slaves could earn a living and own a home. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 Farmers don’t see how their children will be able to earn a living from native woodlands in the future either, says Ó Foghlú. WIRED, 22 July 2023 Farmers don’t see how their children will be able to earn a living from native woodlands in the future, either, Ó Foghlú says. Lenny Antonelli, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2023 Twitter said the program is part of its efforts to help people earn a living directly on its platform. Lindsey Choo, WSJ, 13 July 2023 By acquiescing to audience backlash, artists are putting their ability to earn a living on the line. Theara Coleman, The Week, 16 June 2023 See More

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“Earn a living.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earn%20a%20living. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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