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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARNING

In this way he would be earning something, and it would be better than being idle.

Only three of them she knew made any pretence of earning their living.

As to "earning her living," I am not sure but she was learning to do it in several ways.

I am earning my bread in the way I desire—I am independent—I want them not.

To hear her speak of "earning one's living" was too much for him.

I leave you to judge what a damp way of earning a living mine is.

Well, I don't like to feel that my salary's going on with me not earning it.

It was terrible work, like earning a living with the sweat of the brow.

For when would I be earning enough to ask any girl to marry me?

Another year, and he ought to be earning enough to justify him in marrying.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznojan (cf. Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), from *azna "labor" especially "field labor" (cf. Old Norse önn "work in the field"), from PIE *aznon "to do harvest work, serve" (cf. Old High German arnon "to reap"), denominative verb from *es-en- "harvest, fall" (cf. Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn").

Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.

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