Meaning of live off in English:

live off

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phrasal verb

(also US live off of)
  • 1live off someoneDepend on someone as a source of income or support.

    ‘if you think you're going to live off me for the rest of your life, you're mistaken’
    • ‘Her days as a single mother living on income support must now seem like a distant memory.’
    • ‘In 1988, he was taken to court for rates still owed on his last pub and revealed that he was living on dole money.’
    • ‘It's tempting to spend all your money and live off the state, or simply emigrate.’
    • ‘Both of them are still living off his parents' money.’
    • ‘He lives off investments and money from his wife's life insurance policy.’
    • ‘This country has lived on somebody else's money - whether it has come from Asia, or America, or Europe - for too long.’
    • ‘The majority of the population continues to live off subsistence agriculture, in villages or the slums that have sprung up around major urban centres.’
    • ‘It is one of the poorest countries in the world, landlocked with poor transport facilities and most of the population living on subsistence farming.’
    • ‘They had brought no possessions, and as islanders who had lived off fishing and farming, they had no real professional skills.’
    • ‘Instead, they continued living off their parents.’
    1. 1.1live off somethingHave a particular amount of money with which to buy food and other necessities.
      ‘she had a husband who could support her so she didn't really have to live off £35 a fortnight’
      • ‘She told me the money she lives on isn't enough to cover the bills.’
      • ‘Some people are simply not earning enough money to live on and must make stark choices between eating or heating.’
      • ‘The scheme is administered by the health boards, who pay rent supplements to tenants living on low incomes in private rented accommodation, to help them with their weekly rent.’
      • ‘‘Too many elderly people are living on a low income because rate increases have been much higher than pension increases,’ he said.’
      • ‘Relative poverty means someone living on an income of less than 60% of the average income or €164 per week.’
      • ‘Many people in rural areas are living on incomes well below what most people enjoy.’
      • ‘We lived off his monthly income of $986, plus housing allowance, for a few months before I got a part-time job.’
      • ‘I think it's a disgrace that elderly people are forced to live on such a low income.’
      • ‘The poorest 20 percent were living on a weekly income of less than $266.’
      • ‘One quarter of single parent families and pensioners are living on an income below the poverty line.’
    2. 1.2live off somethingSubsist on a particular type of food.
      ‘scavenging seabirds live off discarded fish and fish offal’
      • ‘For weeks they slept under banana trees and lived on scavenged food.’
      • ‘There is some debate as to whether early hominids were scavengers living off the remains of animals brought down and killed by other beasts, or whether these groups were hunters in their own right.’
      • ‘Maybe they caught fish, or perhaps lived on the animals on the mountain side.’
      • ‘It is a simple life: they live on fish, and there are few predators.’
      • ‘She survived for a few years by living off of food scraps reluctantly donated by the citizens.’
      • ‘Dales farmers are being encouraged to swap sheep for herds of traditional types of cattle like blue greys and short horns that can survive the harsh winters living off the rough grasses.’
      • ‘The calf must have survived by living off straw in the barn.’
      • ‘The terrified man was so intent not to be discovered that he refused to travel far for food and often lived off a diet of twigs and berries.’
      • ‘They live off begged and stolen food, in a room blackened by the smoke of the struggling stove.’
      • ‘We've been here two days living off food we find.’
      subsist on, feed off, feed on, rely for nourishment on, thrive on, depend on
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