earn a living
Definition of earn a living
: to earn the money needed for food, clothing, etc. She's just trying to earn a living.
Word by Word Definitions
: to receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered
: to bring in by way of return
: to come to be duly worthy of or entitled or suited to
: having life
: active, functioning
: exhibiting the life or motion of nature : natural
: the condition of being alive
: means of subsistence : livelihood
: estate, property
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