One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Live on whatever food one can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The soldiers learn how to catch food and 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.’
- ‘In the century that followed, the Dutch established settlements and devised means to live 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.’
- ‘Often relocated to disadvantaged areas, the Ojibwa faced poverty and bare subsistence through living off the land and/or farming.’
- ‘For countless generations, our people lived off the land.’
- ‘During the early 1850s he repeatedly crossed over the mountains and disappeared for months at a time, exploring and living off the land.’
- ‘Some 90 percent of the population live off the land, mostly as subsistence farmers.’
- ‘Enroute, Gen. Sherman's troops were cut off from other Union forces and lived off the land.’
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