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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

live by, live off, live on

To live by, live off or live on an activity, a condition, a food or a substance is to depend on it for survival.

  • In summer, nomadic tribes live by fishing and gathering berries.
  • From now on, Sharmila would have to live by her wits.
  • Akalayok and Noayak want to live off the land the way their grandparents did.
  • Is it right to live off someone else’s efforts?
  • Peter says he can live on $100 a month!
  • You may live on bread and water, but you will not thrive.