One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an enterprise or person) earn enough to cover its or one's costs.‘some students are paying their way through college’
- ‘The 31-year-old student of international relations is paying his way through grad school and doesn't have enough money left over for health insurance.’
- ‘I made considerably more at my last job, but I make enough to live on and to pay my way through school.’
- ‘We have no difficulty in paying our way and are not trying to freeload the system.’
- ‘This had to be done because so few people were paying their way.’
- ‘I don't object when some law school pays my way to a symposium, though I suppose I could view it as their self-promotion.’
- ‘Are you paying your way through college, perhaps?’
- ‘I'm quite content with the knowledge that I'm paying my way through school and living comfortably.’
- ‘Aren't you as capable as him of earning a wage and paying your way?’
- ‘Some of the guards are students, paying their way through college, but it's a job no one really wants.’
- ‘Universities want returns, and so do the students willing to pay their way.’
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