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.
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We fear, though, that we shall have much trouble in earning a living for ourselves.
Now, if anything were to happen to me in the ordinary course of business, by the time my debts are paid there would be nothing left to support my son Harry whilst he was getting in the way of earning a living, whereas now he will be set up for five years.