One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express disapproval of someone who expects to receive financial support or other benefits without doing any work.‘they think the world owes them a living’
- ‘The Protestant Work Ethic seems to have disappeared forever - so many people seem to think that the world owes them a living.’
- ‘But this may serve as a wake-up call to this generation of complacent male teenage slackers that think the world owes them a living - smell the coffee, lads, you've got to work for a living nowadays.’
- ‘We seem to be moving away from self-reliance to an attitude that the world owes us a living.’
- ‘At some point, this talk about exporting ‘your job’ just amounts to a nicer or more subtle way of saying that the world owes you a living.’
- ‘Too many people believe the world owes them a living.’
- ‘Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.’
- ‘What else do you expect from a guy who thinks the world owes him a living?’
- ‘And never start to believe that the world owes you a living.’
- ‘There is a notion that the world owes us a living by virtue of our creativity.’
- ‘We contribute very little to our society and we believe our society owes us a living.’
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