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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms L, page 8

Idioms L, page 8:  from:   'live on borrowed time'   to:   'lock horns'


  • live on borrowed time
    • This expression refers to a period of time after an illness or accident which could have caused death.
      "After heart surgery, many patients feel that they're living on borrowed time."

  • live on the breadline
    • People who live on the breadline have a very low income or barely enough money to survive.
      "Due to the recent crisis, there are more people on the breadline than ever before."

  • live on the edge
    • If you live on the edge, your lifestyle involves dangerous or risky activities.
      "Extreme sportsmen or gamblers are examples of people who live on the edge."

  • live out of a suitcase
    • Someone who lives out of a suitcase travels a lot, moving from place to place, and is therefore restricted to the contents of their suitcase.
      "Sarah's job involves so much travelling that she lives out of a suitcase."

  • life of Riley
    • A person who lives the life of Riley has a comfortable and enjoyable life, without having to make much effort.
      "He married a millionaire, and since then he's been living the life of Riley!"

  • live to fight another day
    • This expression means that even though you have had a negative experience, you will have another chance in the future to try again.
      "He was defeated in the final match but he lived to fight another day."

  • live to a ripe old age
    • This expression means to live until you are very old.
      "If you lead a healthy life you'll live to a ripe old age." said the doctor.

  • live to tell the tale
    • Someone who lives to tell the tale survives a terrible experience.
      "Only two members of the expedition lived to tell the tale."

  • lives up to your reputation
    • If someone or something lives up to its reputation,  it is as good,
      or as bad, as people say.
      "The guesthouse lived up to its reputation; the owners were as friendly and hospitable as we had been told."

  • live wire
    • Someone who is highly vivacious, energetic and full of enthusiasm is a live wire.
      "Things have brightened up since Charlie arrived.  He's a real live wire!"

  • lo and behold!
    • This term is used to express surprise, especially at a sudden or unexpected appearance.
      "I was watering the flowers when, lo and behold, there was the watch I'd lost!"

  • load/weight off your mind
    • If something takesa load off your mind, it brings great relief because a problem has been solved.
      "When the company closed down, finding a new job took a load off Tom's mind."

  • loan shark
    • A loan shark is a person who lends money at extremely high interest rates to people who are unable to obtain a loan from the bank.
      "The young immigrant was beaten because he was late paying back money to a loan shark."

  • lock horns
    • If you lock horns with somebody, you argue or fight with them about something.
      "If there is another incident like that in the building, the occupants will be locking horns!"

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