live on

This page is about the phrasal verb live on.

Meaning: If you live on a certain amount of money, you spend that much on your usual living expenses.

Synonym: get by on, survive on, manage on

For example:

  • live on Are you sure a hundred dollars a week is enough to live on?

  • live on sth How do people live on the old-age pension? It's not even enough to buy good food.

Nouns often used as objects with live on: wage, salary, income, pension, savings

Quick Quiz:

Most people have to live on

a. their salary

b. their sofa

c. their tips

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