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Life

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(Anglo-Saxon, līf.)

Drawn from life. Drawn or described from some existing person or object.

For life. As long as life continues.

For the life of me. True as I am alive. Even if my life depended on it. A strong asseveration.

Nor could I, for the life of me, see how the creation of the world had anything to do with what I was talking about.”—Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield.

Is life worth living? Schopenhauer decides in the negative. In the “funeral service” we are taught to thank God for delivering the deceased “out of the miseries of this sinful life.” On the other hand, we are told that Jesus called Lazarus from the grave, not by way of punishment, but quite the contrary.


“On days like this one feels that Schopenbauer is wrong after all, and that life is something really worth living for.”—Grant Allen: The Curate of Churnside.

Large as life. Of the same size as the object represented.

On my life. I will answer for it by my life; as, “Il le fera jʹen répondes sur ma vie.”

To bear a charmed life. To escape accidents in a marvellous manner.

To know life. In French, “Savoir vivre”—that is, “Savoir ce que cʹest que de vivre.” “Not to know life,” is the contrary—“Ne savoir pas ce que cʹest que de vivre.”

To the life. In exact imitation. “Done to the life.” “Faire le portrait de quelquʹun au naturel” (or) “dʹaprès nature.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Lie in State (To)
Lie on Hand (To)
Lie to One’s Work (To)
Lie with One’s Fathers (To)
Liebenstein and Sternfels
Liege
Lien
Liesse
Lieutenant (pronounce lef-ten-unt)
Life
Life-boat (A)
Life-buoy (A)
Life-Guards
Life Policy (A)
Life Preserver (A)
Lift
Lift not up your Horn on High. (Psalm lxxv. 5.)
Lift up the Heel against Me (To)
Lift up the Voice (To)
Lifted up

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