life Idioms & Phrases


business life

  • noun a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
    business life.
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Canonical life

  • the method or rule of living prescribed by the ancient cleargy who lived in community; a course of living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid that the monastic, and more restrained that the secular.
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Change of life

  • noun the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
    climacteric; menopause.
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  • the period in the life of a woman when menstruation and the capacity for conception cease, usually occurring between forty-five and fifty years of age.
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come to life

  • verb be born or come into existence
    come into being.
    • All these flowers come to life when the rains come
  • verb be lifelike, as of a painting
    • If you look at it long enough, this portrait comes to life!
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Death in life

  • a condition but little removed from death; a living death. Poetic "Lay lingering out a five years' death in life." Tennyson.
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elixir of life

  • noun a hypothetical substance believed to maintain life indefinitely; once sought by alchemists
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Equal decrement of life

  • . (a) The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that of a given large number of persons, all being now of the same age, an equal number shall die each consecutive year. (b) The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that the ratio of those dying in a year to those living through the year is constant, being independent of the age of the persons.
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estate for life

  • noun (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it
    estate for life.
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eternal life

  • noun life without beginning or end
    eternal life.
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Expectation of life

  • the mean or average duration of the life individuals after any specified age.
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facts of life

  • noun the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
    breeding; procreation; reproduction.
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fantasy life

  • noun an imaginary life lived in a fantasy world
    fantasy life.
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for dear life

  • adverb as though your life was at stake
    • he was running for dear life
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For my life, ∨ For the life of me

  • if my life depended on it. Colloq. T. Hook.
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full of life

  • adjective satellite full of spirit
    vital; lively.
    • a dynamic full of life woman
    • a vital and charismatic leader
    • this whole lively world
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half life

  • noun the time required for something to fall to half its initial value (in particular, the time for half the atoms in a radioactive substance to disintegrate)
    half life.
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half-life

  • noun the time required for something to fall to half its initial value (in particular, the time for half the atoms in a radioactive substance to disintegrate)
    half life.
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High life

  • noun excessive spending
    extravagance; highlife; prodigality; lavishness.
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  • life among the aristocracy or the rich.
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jaws of life

  • noun hydraulic tool inserted into a wrecked vehicle and used to pry the wreckage apart in order to provide access to people trapped inside
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kiss of life

  • noun an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing; attempts to restore circulation of the blood and prevent death or brain damage due to lack of oxygen
    CPR; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; cardiac resuscitation; mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
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larger-than-life

  • adjective satellite very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
    epic; heroic.
    • an epic voyage
    • of heroic proportions
    • heroic sculpture
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Life annuity

  • an annuity payable during one's life.
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Life arrow, Life rocket, Life shot

  • an arrow, rocket, or shot, for carrying an attached line to a vessel in distress in order to save life.
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Life assurance

  • noun insurance paid to named beneficiaries when the insured person dies
    life assurance.
    • in England they call life insurance life assurance
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  • . See Life insurance, below.
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life belt

  • noun belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt
    safety harness; safety belt.
  • noun a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
    life belt; life buoy; lifesaver.
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Life buoy

  • noun a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
    life belt; life buoy; lifesaver.
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  • . See Buoy.
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Life car

  • a water-tight boat or box, traveling on a line from a wrecked vessel to the shore. In it person are hauled through the waves and surf.
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life class

  • noun an art class using a live human model
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life cycle

  • noun a series of stages through which an organism passes between recurrences of a primary stage
  • noun the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced
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Life drop

  • a drop of vital blood. Byron.
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Life estate

  • noun (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it
    estate for life.
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  • (Law), an estate which is held during the term of some certain person's life, but does not pass by inheritance.
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life eternal

  • noun life without beginning or end
    eternal life.
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Life everlasting

  • (Bot.), a plant with white or yellow persistent scales about the heads of the flowers, as Antennaria, and Gnaphalium; cudweed.
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life expectancy

  • noun an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
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life force

  • noun (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
    elan vital; vital force; vitality.
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life form

  • noun the characteristic bodily form of a mature organism
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Life guard

  • . (Mil.) See under Guard.
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life history

  • noun an account of the series of events making up a person's life
    life; biography; life history.
  • noun the general progression of your working or professional life
    career.
    • the general had had a distinguished career
    • he had a long career in the law
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life imprisonment

  • noun a sentence of imprisonment until death
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Life insurance

  • noun insurance paid to named beneficiaries when the insured person dies
    life assurance.
    • in England they call life insurance life assurance
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  • the act or system of insuring against death; a contract by which the insurer undertakes, in consideration of the payment of a premium (usually at stated periods), to pay a stipulated sum in the event of the death of the insured or of a third person in whose life the insured has an interest.
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Life interest

  • an estate or interest which lasts during one's life, or the life of another person, but does not pass by inheritance.
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life jacket

  • noun life preserver consisting of a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable design
    life jacket; cork jacket.
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Life land

  • (Law), land held by lease for the term of a life or lives.
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Life line

  • noun a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
    lifeline; life line.
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  • . (a) (Naut.) A line along any part of a vessel for the security of sailors . (b) A line attached to a life boat, or to any life saving apparatus, to be grasped by a person in the water.
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life mask

  • noun a cast taken from the face of a living person
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Life of an execution

  • (Law), the period when an execution is in force, or before it expires.
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life office

  • noun life assurance office
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life peer

  • noun a British peer whose title lapses at death
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life preserver

  • noun rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
    flotation device; preserver.
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life principle

  • noun a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed
    vital principle.
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life raft

  • noun a raft to use if a ship must be abandoned in an emergency
    Carling float.
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Life rate

  • rate of premium for insuring a life.
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Life rent

  • the rent of a life estate; rent or property to which one is entitled during one's life.
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life ring

  • noun a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
    life belt; life buoy; lifesaver.
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life saver

  • noun a candy shaped like a small lifesaver
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Life school

  • a school for artists in which they model, paint, or draw from living models.
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life science

  • noun any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
    bioscience.
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life scientist

  • noun (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms
    biologist.
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life sentence

  • noun a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
    life.
    • he got life for killing the guard
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life story

  • noun an account of the series of events making up a person's life
    life; biography; life history.
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life style

  • noun a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
    life style; modus vivendi; lifestyle.
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life support

  • noun equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
    life support.
    • the astronauts relied on their life-support systems
  • noun medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
    life support.
    • the patient is on life support
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life tenant

  • noun a tenant whose legal right to retain possession of buildings or lands lasts as long as they (or some other person) live
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life vest

  • noun life preserver consisting of a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable design
    life jacket; cork jacket.
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life-and-death

  • adjective satellite vitally important
    life-and-death.
    • a life-and-death struggle
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life-giving

  • adjective satellite giving or having the power to give life and spirit
    vitalizing.
    • returning the life-giving humus to the land"- Louis Bromfield
    • life-giving love and praise
    • the vitalizing rays of the warming sun
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Life"-giv`ing adjective

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  1. Giving life or spirit; having power to give life; inspiriting; invigorating.
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life-of-man

  • noun unarmed woody rhizomatous perennial plant distinguished from wild sarsaparilla by more aromatic roots and panicled umbels; southeastern North America to Mexico
    American spikenard; Aralia racemosa; petty morel.
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life-or-death

  • adjective satellite vitally important
    life-and-death.
    • a life-and-death struggle
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life-preserver

Life"-pre*serv`er noun

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  1. An apparatus, made in very various forms, and of various materials, for saving one from drowning by buoying up the body while in the water. -- Life"-pre*serv`ing, a.
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life-saving

Life"-sav`ing adjective

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  1. That saves life, or is suited to save life, esp. from drowning; as, the life-saving service; a life-saving station.
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life-size

  • adjective satellite being of the same size as an original
    lifesize; life-size; full-size.
    • a life-size sculpture
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Life"-size` adjective

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  1. Of full size; of the natural size.
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life-sized

  • adjective satellite being of the same size as an original
    lifesize; life-size; full-size.
    • a life-size sculpture
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life-style

  • noun a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
    life style; modus vivendi; lifestyle.
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life-support

  • adjective of or pertaining to equipment or methods used to sustain life
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life-support system

  • noun equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
    life support.
    • the astronauts relied on their life-support systems
  • noun medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
    life support.
    • the patient is on life support
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life-sustaining

  • adjective satellite performing an essential function in the living body
    vital.
    • vital organs
    • blood and other vital fluids
    • the loss of vital heat in shock
    • a vital spot
    • life-giving love and praise
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life-threatening

  • adjective satellite causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
    grievous; dangerous; severe; serious; grave.
    • a dangerous operation
    • a grave situation
    • a grave illness
    • grievous bodily harm
    • a serious wound
    • a serious turn of events
    • a severe case of pneumonia
    • a life-threatening disease
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life-time

  • noun the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
    lifetime; life; lifespan.
    • the battery had a short life
    • he lived a long and happy life
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life-weary

Life"-wea`ry adjective

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  1. Weary of living. Shak.
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Lifetable

  • a table showing the probability of life at different ages.
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Line of life

  • noun a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
    lifeline; life line.
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  • (Palmistry), a line on the inside of the hand, curving about the base of the thumb, supposed to indicate, by its form or position, the length of a person's life.
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long-life

  • adjective satellite (of perishable goods) treated to stay fresh longer than usual
    • long-life milk
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love life

  • noun sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    making love; love; lovemaking; sexual love.
    • his lovemaking disgusted her
    • he hadn't had any love in months
    • he has a very complicated love life
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Low life

  • humble life.
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night life

  • noun the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
    nightlife.
  • noun the activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.)
    nightlife.
    • a futile search for intelligent nightlife
    • in the summer the nightlife shifts to the dance clubs
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ordinary life insurance

  • noun insurance on the life of the insured for a fixed amount at a definite premium that is paid each year in the same amount during the entire lifetime of the insured
    ordinary life insurance; straight life insurance.
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phantasy life

  • noun an imaginary life lived in a fantasy world
    fantasy life.
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plant life

  • noun (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
    plant; flora.
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prime of life

  • noun the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest
    prime.
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pro-life

  • adjective advocating full legal protection of embryos and fetuses (especially opposing the legalization of induced abortions)
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pro-life faction

  • noun those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited
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professional life

  • noun a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
    business life.
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quality of life

  • noun your personal satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort)
    • the new art museum is expected to improve the quality of life
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real life

  • noun the practical world as opposed to the academic world
    real world.
    • a good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real world
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right to life

  • noun the right to live
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self-life

Self"-life` noun

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  1. Life for one's self; living solely or chiefly for one's own pleasure or good.
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shelf life

  • noun the length of time a packaged food or drug will last without deteriorating
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sporting life

  • noun active interest in gambling on sports events
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staff of life

  • noun food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
    breadstuff; bread.
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standard of life

  • noun a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group
    standard of living.
    • they enjoyed the highest standard of living in the country
    • the lower the standard of living the easier it is to introduce an autocratic production system
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Still life

  • noun a painting of inanimate objects such as fruit or flowers
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  • . (Fine Arts) (a) Inanimate objects . (b) (Painting) The class or style of painting which represents inanimate objects, as fruit, flowers, dead game, etc.
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stone life face

  • noun any plant of the genus Lithops native to Africa having solitary yellow or white flowers and thick leaves that resemble stones
    stone-face; living stone; stoneface; lithops; stone plant; flowering stone.
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straight life insurance

  • noun insurance on the life of the insured for a fixed amount at a definite premium that is paid each year in the same amount during the entire lifetime of the insured
    ordinary life insurance; straight life insurance.
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The staff of life

  • bread. "Bread is the staff of life." Swift.
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time of life

  • noun a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
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To lose one's life

  • to die.
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To seek the life of

  • to seek to kill.
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To sell one's life dearly

  • to cause much loss to those who take one's life, as by killing a number of one's assailants.
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To the life

  • so as closely to resemble the living person or the subject; as, the portrait was drawn to the life.
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To yield the breath, the ghost, ∨ the life

  • to die; to expire; often followed by up.
    One calmly yields his willing breath. Keble.
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Tree of life

  • (Bot.), a tree of the genus Thuja; arbor vitæ.
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Tripod of life, ∨ Vital tripod

  • (Physiol.), the three organs, the heart, lungs, and brain; so called because their united action is necessary to the maintenance of life.
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true to life

  • adjective satellite representing things or actions or conditions as they actually are
    true to life.
    • the novel about ghetto life was true to life
    • true-to-life duck decoys
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true-to-life

  • adjective satellite representing things or actions or conditions as they actually are
    true to life.
    • the novel about ghetto life was true to life
    • true-to-life duck decoys
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Turn of life

  • (Med.), change of life. See under Change.
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walk of life

  • noun careers in general
    walk.
    • it happens in all walks of life
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way of life

  • noun a course of conduct
    path; way.
    • the path of virtue
    • we went our separate ways
    • our paths in life led us apart
    • genius usually follows a revolutionary path
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whole life insurance

  • noun insurance on the life of the insured for a fixed amount at a definite premium that is paid each year in the same amount during the entire lifetime of the insured
    ordinary life insurance; straight life insurance.
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