Idiom: Put a roof over your head and put food in your mouth

 

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Sunny 1:36 PM
Hi Andy could you explain this idiom “Put a  roof over your head and put food in your mouth“?

Andy-弘安迪 1:41 PM
You may also hear this as “…put food on the table” or “…food in the cupboard” instead of “…food in your mouth”
Let’s say a daughter is arguing with their father and does not want to follow his rules in the house, the parents might say:

As long as we put a roof over your head and food on the table, you’ll follow our house rules and obey your father.

So it refers to someone providing two of the most important things for survival: a safe place to live and food to eat. Usually the phrase is used to remind people that someone else is caring for them and they should remember that important fact if there is disagreement.

Variations of the idiom:
“Put a roof over your head and food on the table”

“Put a roof over your head and food in your mouth”

“Put a roof over your head and food in the cupboard”