Definition of make (both) ends meet in US English:

make (both) ends meet


  • Earn enough money to live without getting into debt.

    • ‘The reduction of overtime will also hit staff, many of whom are in debt and rely on the extra money to make ends meet.’
    • ‘As the majority of my salary was swallowed up by my obsession, I ended up borrowing a lot of money to make ends meet.’
    • ‘She said that £190 a week was simply not enough to make ends meet living in the capital.’
    • ‘Some want to make enough money to make ends meet; others want money for extras or just a way to stay busy.’
    • ‘Liz and Nick were always out to work but they barely had enough money to make ends meet.’
    • ‘Life was hard, he said, but he managed to make ends meet.’
    • ‘In the initial stages, the salary offered would not be enough to make both ends meet.’
    • ‘By doing some casual work, like designing computer software, he has managed to make both ends meet and has enough left over to invest in his bicycle journeys.’
    • ‘They have been put up by people desperate to make some extra money in order to make ends meet.’
    • ‘This will lead to loss of trade to the shopkeepers who are all having a hard enough time to make ends meet as it is.’
    manage, cope, get by, survive, exist, subsist, muddle along, muddle through, scrape along, scrape by, scrape through, get along, make do, barely have enough to live on, scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
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