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earn a living

This page is about the collocation earn a living

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to work and earn money for yourself or your family

For example

  • You can always earn a living if you've got good qualifications.

  • I want to be a musician, but dad says musicians can't earn a decent living.

Note:
Often expanded to "earn a good living" and "earn a decent living"

Quick Quiz

If you want to earn a good living, you have to

a. exercise and eat well

b. have lots of money

c. find a good job

Contributor: Matt Errey