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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Lifestyle - Way of life

(Idioms page 1 :  champagne on a beer budget  →  the life of Riley)

champagne on a beer budget Someone who likes expensive things that they cannot afford has champagne taste on a beer budget.
Eve borrows money to buy expensive designer clothes - champagne taste on a beer budget!
cheek by jowl When people are cheek by jowl, they are crammed uncomfortably close together.
The refugees are living cheek by jowl in a temporary camp.
keep up appearances A person who keeps up appearances maintains an outward show of prosperity or well-being in order to hide their difficulties from others.
He continued to keep up appearances even when business was bad.
keep up with Joneses Someone who tries to keep up with the Joneses tries to have the same possessions or social achievements as someone else.
First the Browns moved their children to an expensive school.  Now the Smiths have done the same.  It's silly how some people feel they have to keep up with the Joneses!
keep wolf from door In order to keep the wolf from the door, you need to have enough money to buy food and other essentials.
My grandparents earned barely enough money to keep the wolf from the door.
live beyond means If someone lives beyond their means, they spend more money than they earn or can afford.
The cost of living was so much higher in New York that he was soon living beyond his means.
live from hand to mouth If you live from hand to mouth, you don't have any money to save because whatever you earn is spent on food and other essentials.
Most families in that area live from  hand to mouth.
live high off the hog Someone who lives high off the hog has a lot of money and a very comfortable lifestyle.
Now he's wealthy and living high off the hog.
live in clover Someone who lives in clover has enough money to lead a very comfortable  life.
I dream of making an enormous amount of money and living in clover for the rest of my life!
live in an ivory tower A person who lives in an ivory tower has a lifestyle that preserves them from the problems and difficulties experienced by others.
You're completely out of touch - it's time to come out of your ivory tower and see what's going on!
live on the breadline People who live on the breadline have a very low income or barely enough money to survive.
Due to the recent crisis, there are more people on the breadline than ever before.
live on the edge If you live on the edge, your lifestyle involves dangerous or risky activities.
Extreme sportsmen or gamblers are examples of people who live on the edge.
live out of suitcase Someone who lives of a suitcase travels a lot, moving from place to place, and is therefore restricted to the contents of their suitcase.
Sarah's job involves so much travelling that she lives out of a suitcase.
live the life of riley A person who lives the life of Riley has a comfortable and enjoyable life, without having to make much effort.
He married a millionaire, and since then he's been living the life of Riley!
   
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