on the breadline

on the breadline (the breadline) - the level of income of very poor people (BrE) -- за чертой бедности;жить очень бедно, перебиваясь с хлеба на квас

Example: Many people without jobs are living on the breadline (= are very poor).

[hand to mouth]
[scrape a living]
also scrape along
[on the breadline]
[daily bread]
[make ends meet]