Definition of Make Ends Meet



What does the term "make ends meet" mean? What is meant by making ends meet?

The term "make ends meet" refers to the idea of making as much money as you spend.

"Making ends meet" usually refers to people that are struggling to pay their bills without going into debt.

For instance:

"He had to work two jobs just to make ends meet"

According to the meaning of the term, this would mean that this person was presumably making enough to pay his bills without going into debt, albeit just barely.

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The term is thought to be derived from the French expression coined by John Clarke, "joindre les deux bouts", which translates into "make both ends meet".

The ends, it was assumed, referred to income and expenditures.

If income equalled expenditures at the end of the year, you were said to be making the "ends meet".

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