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make a living

This page is about the collocation make a living

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to earn money for the things you need in life

For example

  • It's not easy to make a living when the economy's so bad.

  • Until he went to prison, Max made a very good living as a burglar and jewel thief.

Note:
A related collocation is "earn a living", and extended collocations include "make/earn a good living", "make/earn a decent living" and "make/earn a meagre living"

Quick Quiz

People don't need to make a living if they're already

a. very creative

b. very wealthy

c. very healthy

Contributor: Matt Errey