keep the wolf from the door

keep the wolf from the door
keep the wolf from the door
To keep away poverty or hunger
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Main Entry:wolf

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keep the wolf from the door phrase
to manage to earn enough money to buy food and other essential things

I’m prepared to do anything to keep the wolf from the door.

Thesaurus: to earn or to get moneysynonym to have just enough moneysynonym
Main entry: wolf

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have enough money to avert hunger or starvation (used hyperbolically)

I work part-time to pay the mortgage and keep the wolf from the door

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keep the wolf from the door — see wolf, 1
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Main Entry:door
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keep the wolf from the door
informal : to have or earn enough money to afford things (such as food and clothing) that you need to live

They make just enough to keep the wolf from the door.

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Main Entry:wolf

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keep the ˈwolf from the door idiom
(informal) to have enough money to avoid going hungry; to stop sb feeling hungry
Main entry:wolfidiom

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  • keep the wolf from the door — verb a) To ward off poverty or hunger. They didnt earn much, but it was enough to keep the wolf from the door. b) To delay sexual ejaculation …   Wiktionary

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  • keep the wolf from the door — to manage to earn enough money to buy food and other essential things I m prepared to do anything to keep the wolf from the door …   English dictionary

  • keep\ the\ wolf\ from\ the\ door — v. phr. To avoid hunger, poverty, and/or creditors. I don t like my job, Mike complained, but I must do something to keep the wolves from the door. Compare: keep body and soul together …   Словарь американских идиом

  • keep wolf from door —    In order to keep the wolf from the door, you need to have enough money to buy food and other essentials.     My grandparents earned barely enough money to keep the wolf from the door …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • keep the wolf (wolves) from the door — {v. phr.} To avoid hunger, poverty, and/or creditors. * / I don t like my job, Mike complained, but I must do something to keep the wolves from the door. / Compare: KEEP BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER …   Dictionary of American idioms

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