Definition of owes someone a living in English:

owes someone a living

phrase

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We seem to be moving away from self-reliance to an attitude that the world owes us a living.’
    • ‘There is a notion that the world owes us a living by virtue of our creativity.’
    • ‘Too many people believe 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 contribute very little to our society and we believe our society owes us a living.’
    • ‘What else do you expect from a guy who thinks the world owes him a living?’
    • ‘Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.’
    • ‘And never start to believe that the world owes you a living.’