Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

make ends meet

make ends meet
1) earn enough money to provide for basic needs
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    • find a way to make ends meet
  • Analysis
    The expression 'to make ends meet' means to have enough money to cover basic needs and expenses. "More and more students are finding it difficult to make ends meet with spiralling rent costs." "Some nurses are resorting to food banks in order to make ends meet."  This is a common expression often used to talk about social and economic problems.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When John lost his job, he and his wife had to figure out a way of making ends meet until he could find another one.
    2. The government's decision to raise taxes will make it even harder for lower-income families to make ends meet.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I have decided to raise the rate of pay for all our employees to a living wage so that everyone who works for us should be able to make ends meet.
    2. Providing medical insurance for employees means they can still make ends meet if met with a long-term medical diagnosis.
    3. It's clear from the way our revenue is going that we won't be able to make ends meet if our outgoings aren't cut significantly.
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