keep the wolf from the door


: to have or earn enough money to afford things (such as food and clothing) that is needed to live
They make just enough to keep the wolf from the door.

Examples of keep the wolf from the door in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His 14 novels were written at speed to keep the wolf from the door, and, at his lowest ebb, the jailers at bay. The Economist, 27 Mar. 2021

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“Keep the wolf from the door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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