to make ends meet

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - make ends meet

"to make ends meet"

to have just enough money to pay for your basic expenses


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make ends meet

Two business partners are talking ...

Partner 1:  Business has been so bad lately. I am worried that we won't be able to make ends meet.

Partner 2:  Well, the bank has a loan program that will allow us to make payroll.

Partner 1:  What about the lease and utilities?

Partner 2:  We have enough in the bank to take care of the essential bills for a couple of months. We just have to hope that business gets better soon.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make ends meet

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  How are we ever going to make ends meet now that you have lost your job?

Husband:  We can use our savings to pay for the basics like rent and utilities and food until I find another job.

Wife:  What about our other bills?

Husband:  I can collect unemployment insurance and we will have to eliminate luxuries.

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to make ends meet - Gerund Form:

Making ends meet when you are on a fixed income can be difficult.

to make ends meet - Examples:

1)  A study of over-60s living in the UK found that almost one in three say that they struggle to make ends meet and have had to change they way they live ...

2)  For all but the smallest Florida households, working full time will not be enough to make ends meet or to provide families with a sure path out of ...

3)  There has been a dramatic rise in the number of farming families who have cash-flow problems and are struggling to make ends meet, a charity ...

4)  This video tells LaQuita's story of how UI helped make ends meet for her and her family and shows why the program needs to be strengthened.

5)  Getting through the month when money is short is tough, but ABC Action News is committed to helping you make ends meet.

6)  An increasing number of households are struggling to make ends meet, according to reports in the press, as they try to meet obligations and a ...

7)  Newly self-employed entrepreneurs using ride sharing to make ends meet seems to be a trend among the clientele of FranNet, a managing ...

8)  How many jobs traditionally done by students to make ends meet - hotel work, bar work, restaurant work etc have now been filled by migrants ...

9)  With the current salary and steep inflation, it is not possible to make ends meet.

10)  Working people are still struggling to make ends meet well into their 40s, with many 35 to 44-year-olds only just able to afford to pay for the ...

11)  Home healthcare workers are earning wages that pay far below what it takes to make ends meet across every county in North Carolina, ...

12)  In Butte County, hunger is a big problem for many families trying to make ends meet

13)  The cost and availability of food in Blaine County also factors in to the number of households in the county that are trying to make ends meet but ...

14)  ... with the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry, says dozens of people on permanent disability are now wondering how they will make ends meet.

15)  They argue physicians will not be able to make ends meet, nor afford to keep up their offices and staff.

16)  In the last 24 hours, one NHS body in Merseyside said it would pause 'non urgent referrals' over winter to make ends meet.

17)  estimate that they will take 11-12 years to repay their student debts, and that every month they are scrambling to make ends meet.

18)  He worked two jobs to make ends meet for his family.

19)  A woman bought a comb from me a little while ago. By the end of the day, I would have made enough to make ends meet.

20)  The grants are there to improve the conditions of junior service members who struggle to make ends meet.