Monday, 29 January 2007

Phrase of the Day! 12: 'make ends meet'

"to make ends meet"

definition: if somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn.

(vyjít s penězi, vystačit s příjmem)

example: I can hardly make ends meet on my salary.


Rob Tit said...

Interesting. Does "ends" refer to the ends of subsequent periods in which the salary is due?

Matt Ford said...

From what I can find out....

The phrase dates from at least the seventeenth century, and finds its origins in bookkeeping: The end of the income column on a bookkeeper's ledger contains a figure, and for the books to balance this must match or exceed the corresponding figure at the bottom of the expenditure column.