To have just reason to be alive, just surviving but not living in real sense

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  • It is much common phrase of the 18th century. When one has nothing in his possession in terms of money, he seems to have lost his very own self esteem. But if one has just enough to survive to make both ends meet in the form of food, shelter and clothes, he just “keeps body and soul together”. One might not have enough money like rich people but if he just earns to survive or be alive, then he is keeping body and soul together.
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He is really upset these days because he works really hard to earn money but he is hardly able to keep body and soul together.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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garder corps et âme ensemble

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