Earn a Living


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Earn a Living

To make money in order to provide for personal and family expenses. In general, one earns a living with a job, which is an occupation for which one is compensated. Some earn their livings through investments or through owning a business.
References in classic literature ?
This worried Uncle Henry a good deal, for without the farm he would have no way to earn a living.
All the young men felt the attraction of the fine, well-set-up country girls who had come to town to earn a living, and, in nearly every case, to help the father struggle out of debt, or to make it possible for the younger children of the family to go to school.
That before we trek you execute a deed agreeing, in the event of my death or disablement, to pay my boy Harry, who is studying medicine over there in London, at Guy's Hospital, a sum of L200 a year for five years, by which time he ought to be able to earn a living for himself if he is worth his salt.