LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||06/JAN/2006 7:42 AM|
Don't come a knocking when the trailer's a rocking. (Don't come and knock on my door when the trailer is rocking.)
Don't try to come into my home (trailer, house, apartment, van, etc.) if you have reason to believe that I am having sex.
[The idea is that a trailer can be unstable, Movement inside the trailer can be detected often by people outside the trailer. Notice how the expression rhymes: knocking = rocking. This sounds to me like an expression from the 1960s or 1970s.]
They living life from hand to mouth.
Every cent they earn is spent on the most basic of needs (food, clothing, shelter, etc.)
[The idea is that as soon as money is earned, it is exchanged for food. This is a very old expression. Another expression similar in meaning is "They can't make ends meet." In other words, their expenses are greater than their income.]
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