English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Lifestyle - Way of life
|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
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
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
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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