make ends meet

Meaning: If you make ends meet, you earn just enough to pay for a place to live and your daily expenses.

For example:

  • My wife and I both have to work full-time just to make ends meet these days.

  • Does the government really think elderly people can make ends meet on their pensions?

Quick Quiz:

Fiona earns just enough to make ends meet, so

a. she's looking for a better-paying job

b. she's saving up for a car

c. she has plenty of money

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Contributor: Matt Errey