What Does "To Make Both Ends Meet" Mean?


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Normally used in relation to someone's ability (or not) to cope with their financial matters.

The funds available are likened to a length of elastic . If, when stretched to it's fullest  extent  it can accommodate all ones obligations and still enable the ends to be united, ones is said to be able to 'make ends meet'. The opposite, of course. Also applies.

Thus, 'to make both ends meet' means to be in the happy position of having enough money to settle all your outgoings.

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