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
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)
When John lost his job, he and his wifehad to figure out a way of making ends meetuntil he could find another one.
The government's decision to raise taxes will make it even harder for lower-income familiesto make ends meet.
Professional Examples (Basic)
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.
Providing medical insurance for employees means they can stillmake ends meetif met with a long-term medical diagnosis.
It's clear from the way our revenue is going that we won't be able tomake ends meet if our outgoings aren't cut significantly.
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