Meaning of “live on borrowed time” in the English Dictionary

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"live on borrowed time" in British English

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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 made by a CEO living on borrowed time.

(Definition of “live on borrowed time” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)