In a household where one of the parents was a newly graduated professor of linguistics and the other an artist, income was usually rather meagre and spasmodic in nature.
Through the solid floor of the abode, the chill of winter seeped in, fettered little by the meagre warmth provided by the fire.
He had laid off some heavy bets recently and his meagre earnings as a postman would not cover them.
Long waiting lists, a meagre state health budget and inadequate hospital services prompted the three men to raise cash and build their own hospital on the southside of Dublin.
Colin Farrell, the latest Irish actor to make it in Hollywood, might command millions for a movie, but other Irish actors are struggling on meagre wages in theatre and television at home.
The big winner (or big loser, depending on your perspective) wins $50,000, a suitably meagre sum for a Canadian game show.
Although she was managing to get by on the meagre salary she drew tutoring primary-school children after school, it most likely wouldn't last.
He began to drink heavily, left London in 1914, and spent the rest of his life roaming around Ireland, living off meagre earnings from hastily scribbled articles and stories.
Earnings on this level fall to a meagre three cents a share.
Shadows offered only meagre protection, but it was protection I was thankful for as I listened to her footsteps come down the hall toward me, the steps slow and measured.