live on your wits | live by your wits
Meaning: If you live on your wits, or live by your wits, you don't have a regular job but you survive by cleverly manipulating people or situations.
- These homeless kids have to learn how to live on their wits, and a lot of them are very smart.
- Kyle is a very good businessman, but he never went to university. He says he learned most of his business skills when he was young and still living by his wits.
Jamal had to learn to live on his wits because