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English definition of “live on borrowed time”

live on borrowed time

to continue living after a point at which you might easily have died: Since his cancer was diagnosed, he feels as if he's living on borrowed time. to continue to exist longer than expected: It is unlikely that serious decisions will be taken by a minority government living on borrowed time.
(Definition of live on borrowed time from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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