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noun     living pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [singular] [usually singular] money that you earn to live on

    They sell antiques for a living.

    earn/make a living:

    She makes a living as a music teacher.

    do something for a living (=as a job):

    Do you know what she does for a living?

    scratch/scrape out a living (=have difficulty in making enough money):

    However hard they worked to scrape out a living, they would always be poor.

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] a particular type of life

    the strains and stresses of modern living

    a few helpful hints for healthy living

  3. 3
    [countable] the position of a priest belonging to the Church of England, or the income that they get from it


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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