keep the wolf from the door

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of keep the wolf from the door

informal
: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.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

wolf play
  1. : any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that are active mostly at night, live and hunt in packs, and resemble the related dogs

  2. : the fur of a wolf

  3. : a fierce, rapacious, or destructive person

  1. : to eat greedily : devour

door play
  1. : a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened

  2. : doorway

  3. : a means of access or participation : opportunity


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