Definition of keep body and soul together in English:

keep body and soul together

phrase

  • Stay alive, especially in difficult circumstances.

    ‘do you think a man can keep body and soul together by selling coconuts?’
    • ‘He is busy hoarding our money - money that belongs to taxpayers - in the bank, while people are being forced to borrow to stay alive, to keep body and soul together.’
    • ‘Very few individuals and organisations take the trouble of even conducting a survey or identifying poor Muslims of rural areas who wage a daily battle to win a war of survival to keep body and soul together.’
    • ‘In the early 1950s she returned to Edinburgh, set up Ancona Films in her flat in Rose Street, shot some superb short documentaries, kept body and soul together by working as a medical locum and met Edinburgh-born Pirie.’
    • ‘Generations past, grateful for anything to keep body and soul together, would not have understood the gripes of middle class types with the ability to ‘downshift.’’
    • ‘I don't have to be ashamed of what I do and I keep body and soul together.’
    • ‘I think women and men both are interested today in the main things that are important to keep body and soul together, so to speak.’
    • ‘Of course, they also take care of papa's business of drug dealing and other nefarious schemes to keep body and soul together in the manner to which papa has made them accustomed.’
    • ‘And to keep body and soul together, they have to earn.’
    • ‘There is a more defined balance in his life - one which led him to call a halt to endless touring schedules four years ago, recognising it as a less than ideal recipe to keep body and soul together.’
    • ‘In Anna's own words she received ‘enough for an apple and an egg’ - enough to keep body and soul together for one more day.’
    survive, live, stay alive, exist, eke out an existence, endure