mouth to feed


: a person (such as a child) who needs to be fed
They can't afford another child. They already have too many (hungry) mouths to feed.

Examples of mouth to feed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Already stretched thin managing her finances, James moved back to D.C. with one more mouth to feed. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Every mouth to feed, quite literally, comes with two hands to grow. Andrew Follett, National Review, 6 Jan. 2024 While Rantz was still a teen, his father and stepmother, viewing him as one extra mouth to feed, abandoned him at the start of the Great Depression. Stuart Miller, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 He is resented by Brother Nacho (Kinan Valdez), the most hot-tempered among them, for being another mouth to feed. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Isher’s in-laws resented having another mouth to feed, and he was often mistreated and given little to eat. New York Times, 23 June 2021 This means that women whose financial precarity led them to surrogacy are now struggling with one more mouth to feed. Hannah Beech Nadia Shira Cohen, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2022 His film begins with a father snuffing out his newborn child immediately after birth to avoid having another mouth to feed, and things don’t necessarily get better from there. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2022 Thanks to streaming, Marvel finds itself with another very hungry mouth to feed. Brian Lowry, CNN, 8 July 2022

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“Mouth to feed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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