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Itasan



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:10 am    Post subject: earn one's keep Reply with quote

'earn one's keep'
A dictionary says it means 'work in return for
food and accommodations'.
I wonder what kind of situation it indicates.
Is the person living in someone else's house
and doing some work for them?
Doesn't it mean 'earn one's living'?

Thank you.
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engteacher



Joined: 13 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To earn's one keep is an idiom as I'm sure you know. It means to earn enough money to be able to pay for your living expenses.
Ex: He doesn't earn a lot of money, but he makes enough to earn his keep.
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Itasan



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, engteacher.
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Eric18



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:32 am    Post subject: Idiom Reply with quote

Some parents, in the United States, also warn children - especially older ones living at home that they have to "ear their keep".
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