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Difference between From hand to mouth and From mouth to mouth

from hand to mouth—(in the phrase “live from hand to mouth”) have just enough money to live on:

  • With farmers living from hand to mouth, it is difficult to expect them to take to organic cultivation.

from mouth to mouth—(of a tale, rumor, etc.) pass from one person to a series of other persons:

  • Xavier’s name was repeated from mouth to mouth with cries of vengeance.