One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Live on whatever food one can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming.‘George used the fieldcraft taught to him by his father to live off the land’
- ‘Richard and Sarah moved to Tuscany planning to grow their own vegetables and live off the land, hoping to harvest olives to make olive oil.’
- ‘In the century that followed, the Dutch established settlements and devised means to live off the land.’
- ‘At one time Native people were more or less self-sufficient, living off the land - trapping, fishing, hunting, logging - or working for the railway company in various departments.’
- ‘For countless generations, our people lived off the land.’
- ‘They have been living off the land there ever since, joined by a slow but steady stream of family and friends whose faces now look out from the pictures dotted around the display.’
- ‘Some 90 percent of the population live off the land, mostly as subsistence farmers.’
- ‘During the early 1850s he repeatedly crossed over the mountains and disappeared for months at a time, exploring and living off the land.’
- ‘The soldiers learn how to catch food and live off the land.’
- ‘Often relocated to disadvantaged areas, the Ojibwa faced poverty and bare subsistence through living off the land and/or farming.’
- ‘Enroute, Gen. Sherman's troops were cut off from other Union forces and lived off the land.’
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