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borrowed time

noun
1.
an uncertain, usually limited period of time extending beyond or postponing the occurrence of something inevitable.
Origin of borrowed time
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • I'se on borrowed time, I knows dat, but dat ain't worryin' me none.

  • You are all living on borrowed time; and but for our pleadings, it would be still less.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • I am now living on borrowed time, being in my seventy-ninth year.

    Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured Chas. Cluthe & Sons
  • He was well into the thirties and his life's goal was still tantalizingly far before him, and he living on borrowed time.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • I've been living on borrowed time for a year, anyhow, so I have no right to kick.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • Nevertheless it's certain that those two, whoever they may be, are here on borrowed time.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler

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