make ends meet

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To have enough money to cover expenses; to get by financially; to get through the pay period (sufficient to meet the next payday).

Etymology:

  • Unknown. Perhaps originally referred to the ends of rope meeting, signifying continuity and therefore security and stability. Perhaps shifting later to refer to the attempt at making money last from one pay period to the next, thereby leaving no gap or break in the availability of funds.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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Make Ends MeetTo have just enough money to have things that you need
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