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Keep Body and Soul Together

You use the expression "keep body and soul together" to describe the act of surviving, especially during difficult financial times.

Example in use: “Grandfather spent his life working the fields just so that he and Grandmother could keep body and soul together.”

Interesting fact about Keep Body and Soul Together

The phrase 'keep body and soul together' stems from the Christian belief that life lasts only as long as the persons soul stays in the body.