earn a living

This page is about the collocation earn a living

collocation pattern: verb + noun


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.

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
a) exercise and eat well b) have lots of money c) find a good job

Contributor: Matt Errey