Makan Pasir?

When I grew up, It was not easy, but we still have the luxury to have at least rice + salt.

I often spend my time at "Tamu", an open market in Sabah, and some of the people I know there were very poor and some would say, "if no one come and buy from them, then the children at home will "makan pasir saja ah" (which mean we only have dirt for meal).
And I thought that was just a figure of speech.

Now I'm wondering about the expression "mana ada duit, mau potong daging saya baru blh dapat duit" (which mean - I dont have any money, You want me to cut a piece of my flesh?).

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