Definition of keep the wolf from the door in English:

keep the wolf from the door

phrase

  • Have enough money to avert hunger or starvation (used hyperbolically)

    ‘I work part-time to pay the mortgage and keep the wolf from the door’
    • ‘I think every writer scribbles away in the hope that they will come up with a play that will keep the wolf from the door and get a little pension from them.’
    • ‘It was that kind of week for me but mustn't grumble, at least we got some each way money to keep the wolf from the door.’
    • ‘The firefighters just turn up every day because it keeps the wolf from the door and it pays the mortgage.’
    • ‘Having made enough money to keep the wolf from the door I am concerned with making the world a better place, like many other people.’
    • ‘A Yorkshire smallholder kept the wolf from the door after her business was wiped out by foot and mouth by selling the fleeces of rare breed sheep over the Internet.’
    • ‘I was brought up to believe it is rather vulgar to talk about money, but I do make a very good living - nowhere near the top professionals today, but enough certainly to keep the wolf from the door.’
    • ‘His real ambition was to write, but a chap's got to eat, and teaching seemed like a not entirely uncivilised way of keeping the wolf from the door.’
    • ‘Work kept the wolf from the door, but it also improved the human condition because it contributed to the greater good.’
    • ‘I had to have it, so I just bashed away and worked in bookstores to keep the wolf from the door.’
    • ‘If enough of you buy it, he may be able to give up whatever absurd activities he undertakes during the day to keep the wolf from the door, and become a full time writer, with no excuse for failing to update his web journal several times each week.’