Making Both Ends Meet

Making Both Ends Meet

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Making Both Ends Meet

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Making Both Ends Meet

Making Both Ends Meet

Making Both Ends Meet
Making Both Ends Meet
Making Both Ends Meet

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Making Both Ends Meet

 By Erik Tierney

There have been some fanciful speculations that the expression to make both ends meet derives from the practice of splicing rope together on old sailing ships to save money. The phrase, however, seems to be merely a shortening of to make both ends of the year meet, meaning the same – to live within one’s income. Tobias Smollett first recorded the saying in his picturesque novel The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748).


 
 
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