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time somebody is alive
uncountable and countable
the period of time when someone is alive
Learning goes on throughout life.
You have your whole life ahead of you.
in somebody's life
For the first time in my life I was happy.
I've never been so embarrassed in my life!
I've known John
all my life
since I was born
His main aim
was to have fun.
It was one of the best days
of my life
The accident scarred him
for the rest of his life
She knew she'd feel guilty
for the rest of
caring for others.
Bonington spent his entire
We don't know much about the poet's
when he was young
Poor diet can lead to a whole range of diseases
in later life
when you are older
late in life
when she was fairly old
continuing until he dies
of the club.
state of being alive
uncountable and countable
the state of being alive
The right to life is the most basic of human rights.
The riots presented a considerable risk to life and property.
Danny was a cheerful little boy who loved life.
A seatbelt could
to save the children.
in the earthquake.
an explosion which
claimed the lives of
at least 170 miners
risked life and limb
has done very dangerous things
to photograph some of the world's most dangerous animals.
Cuts to the ambulance service could
people could die
Misuse of the equipment could
endanger the lives of
staff and students.
he is still alive because of
the prompt action of a neighbour.
take your (own) life
deliberately kill yourself
There's no evidence that she intended to take her own life.
take somebody's life
No-one has the right to take another's life.
be fighting for your life
be so ill or injured that you might die
A resident was fighting for his life yesterday, having escaped the blaze.
give your life/lay down your life
die in order to save other people or because of a strong belief
He gave his life for the cause of freedom
take your life in your (own) hands
put yourself in a very dangerous situation
You take your life in your hands every time you cross this road.
way somebody lives
countable usually singular
the way you live your life, and what you do and experience during it
lead/live/have a ..... life
The operation should enable Bobby to lead a normal life.
She just wanted to live a quiet life.
Having a baby
The family moved to Australia to
start a new life
life revolved around
that was the main interest and purpose of his life
You shouldn't let your boyfriend
rule your life
control and affect everything you do
My grandmother had
a hard life
a life full of problems
She's led a very
a life in which you have been protected from unpleasant things
a life of crime/poverty/misery etc
He had been drawn into a life of crime.
uncountable and countable
the experiences, activities, and ways of living that are typical of being in a particular job, situation, society etc
Why do so few women enter political life?
way of life
city/country/village etc life
Noise has become one of the main pollutants of modern city life.
army/student/college etc life
He missed the routine of army life.
Are you enjoying
the time in your life when you are doing a particular job, are in a particular situation etc
somebody's life as something
Now a celebrity chef, he rarely talks about his life as an army cook.
Sara admits to having affairs throughout her
Most of his
was spent in the shipyards.
social/personal/sex etc life
the activities in your life relating to your friends, your family, sex etc
I don't need advice about my love life.
traditional views of family life
Children need a caring and happy home life.
human existence, considered as a variety of experiences and activities
My Aunt Julia had very little experience of life.
Life has a way of changing the best of plans.
For some people, religion gives life a meaning.
the frustrations and disappointments of everyday life
I try to see the funny
side of life
time when something exists/works
countable usually singular
the period of time during which something happens or exists
The issues will not be resolved during the life of the present parliament.
start/begin/come to life as something
The building began life as a monastery.
the period of time during which something is still good enough to use
What's the average life of a passenger aircraft?
Careful use can
extend the life
of your washing machine.
the quality of being alive that people, animals, plants etc have and that objects and dead things do not have
Ben felt her neck for a pulse or any other
sign of life
In the springtime, everything
comes to life
living things, such as people, animals, or plants
Is there life on other planets?
human/animal/plant/bird etc life
The island is rich in bird life.
be somebody's (whole) life
to be the most important thing or person to someone
Music is Laura's whole life.
life and death
life or death
used for emphasizing that a situation, decision etc is extremely urgent and important, especially because someone is at risk of dying
Don't call me unless it's
a matter of life and death
a life or death decision
A doctor's job involves life and death situations.
a chance in a game, especially a computer game, in which you can be defeated or do something wrong and can still continue playing
He's up to level five and still has three lives left.
activity or movement
The house was quiet and there was no
sign of life
She was always so cheerful and
full of life
a quality of being interesting or exciting
put some life
into your writing.
The game really
came to life
after a magnificent goal from Beckham.
A gifted teacher can really
for his or her students.
come to life/roar into life/splutter into life etc
to suddenly start working
Finally the car spluttered into life.
make life difficult/easier etc
to make it difficult, easier etc to do something
Surely computers are supposed to make life easier, not more complicated!
make life difficult/easier etc for
Why make life difficult for yourself?
the life and soul of the party
the life of the party
someone who enjoys social occasions and is fun and exciting to be with
life and limb
your life and physical health - used especially when this is threatened in some way
risks life and limb
every day in her job as an undercover investigator.
get a life!
used to tell someone that you think they are boring and should find more exciting things to do
You guys should just stop moaning and get a life!
such is life
used to say that something is disappointing but you have to accept it
Oh well, that's life!
life's a bitch
used to say that bad things happen in life
this is the life
used when you are relaxing and doing something you enjoy
Ah, this is the life! Lying on the beach, sipping cool drinks.
the shock/surprise/game etc of somebody's life
the biggest shock or surprise, the best game etc that someone has ever had
I had the surprise of my life when I saw John standing there.
➔ have the time of your life
used to ask someone if they are well, what they have been doing etc
Hi Bob! How's life?
How's life been with you?
life goes on
used to say that you must continue to live a normal life even when something sad or disappointing has happened
We both miss him, but life goes on.
a life of its own
if something has a life of its own, it seems to move or work by itself
The ball seemed to have acquired a life of its own.
if something has a life of its own, it exists and develops without depending on other things
Slowly but surely, the project is
taking on a life of its own
cannot for the life of me
used to say that you cannot remember or understand something even when you try hard
I couldn't for the life of me remember his name.
life's too short
used to say that you should not waste time doing something or worrying about something
Forget about it. Life's too short.
life's too short for
Life's too short for moping about.
life's too short to do something
Life's too short to bear grudges.
not on your life
used as a reply to a question or suggestion to say that you definitely will not do something
'Are you going to go and work for him then?' 'Not on your life!'
the woman/man/girl etc in your life
the woman or man you are married to or are having a relationship with - used especially in advertisements
This is the ideal gift for the man in your life.
the punishment of being put in prison for the rest of your life
be sentenced to/get/be given life
He was sentenced to life for the murder.
I think she should get life.
when you paint, draw etc something you are looking at, especially a person or animal
She's taking classes in
frighten/scare the life out of somebody
to make someone feel very frightened
Don't do that! You scared the life out of me!
there's life in the old dog yet
used to say that although someone or something is old, they are still able to do something - used humorously
live/lead/have the life of Riley
to have a very easy and comfortable life and not have to work hard
He spends all day lounging by the pool and living the life of Riley.
the story of someone's life
Boswell's Life of Johnson
the next life
the life to come
life after death
the time after death, in which some people believe life continues in another form
She expects to meet her dead husband in the next life.
➔ as large as life
change of life
; ➔ for dear life
; ➔ high life
; ➔ a new lease of life
; ➔ quality of life
; ➔ real life
; ➔ true to life
walk of life
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