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What does live on borrowed time mean?

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live on borrowed time

What does the idiom living on borrowed time mean?

The phrase "to live on borrowed time" means to exist only thanks to good fortune.

The phrase is used to describe a person who continues living when everybody expected him to die.

The origin of the phrase

This idiom refers to time borrowed from death as if death was a person.

The expression has been used since the nineteenth century.


All the doctors that he visited informed his family that he was going to die soon. But against all odds, he continued living on borrowed time.

If I were you, I would enjoy every minute I live. You are living on borrowed time.

After he was diagnosed with cancer, he feels as if he is living on borrowed time.

This idiom is in the life category

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